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Endangered Species/Biodiversity Timeline: Websites

US and UN agencies

The resources listed below provide information from U.S. and United Nations agencies regarding the conservation status and legal protection of species in the United States and worldwide.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Refuge System threatened and endangered species database can be searched by species to find which Refuge System units report the species being present.

The product of a UN treaty, CMS provides a global platform for the conservation and sustainable use of migratory animals and their habitats. CMS lays the legal foundation for internationally coordinated conservation measures throughout a migratory range, and produces many conservation-related reports and publications.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources is the worlds main authority on the conservation status of species. The Redlist database contains comprehensive information about threatened and endangered species worldwide.

The online library of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development contains sections on environmental statistics and on threatened species, in particular. This source provides an interface for accessing and visualizing IUCN Redlist information.

The Species+ database provides detailed information about species listed in Multilateral Environmental Agreements, including the CITES convention on trade in endangered species. Providing detailed information about thousands of species, including distribution, status, legal status, references, resources and documents. Information can be downloaded in tabular spreadsheet form.

A gateway to government information about the protection of endangered species. Provides lists of endangered species grouped by general classification (mammals, reptiles, flowering plants, etc.) and by region. Also provides general information about the conservation work done by the Division of Endangered Species.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's TESS database contains current reports of all listed animal and plant species that are threatened and Endangered in the United States. There are also links to State lists and much more.

"The UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre provides information for policy and action to conserve the living world." Their programs concentrate on species, forests, protected areas, marines, mountains, and freshwaters, among other subjects.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service allows searching by plant family, plant genus, and/or state. The database provides access to information about state and federally protected plants.

Related non-governmental sources

Though not a governmental resource, WildFiner, Hosted by World Wildlife Fund, is a useful tool for finding information about endangered and threatened species, sponsored by the largest NGO dedicated to the preservation of pant and animal species. It also produces maps and other information resources.

The North American Native Fishes Association provides a useful directory of sources of governmental information about endangered and threatened species of fish in Canada, Mexico, and each State in the United States.

Conservation regulation

EPA's Endangered Species Protection Program (ESPP) helps promote the recovery of listed species. The ESPP is a program designed to determine whether pesticide use in a certain geographic area may affect any listed species. If limitations on pesticide use are necessary to protect listed species in that area, the information is relayed through Endangered Species Protection Bulletins.

Here you will find plain language explanations of environmental rules for the construction industry. Also provided are links to detailed information, including state regulations and other resources. There is a section about endangered species permits, state regulations, and additional resources.

Misc websites

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