Photograph of Red Bishop - (c) Paul Marto

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Biodiversity Data Resources

Avian Knowledge Network (AKN)


A network of people, institutions, and government agencies working together to improve the conservation of birds and their habitats through the use of data and the best available science.



A data network and online checklist service that provides access to millions of bird observations in real-time.

Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)


The largest biodiversity database on the Internet, providing access to records about all types of life on Earth using a common data standard.

Integrated Digitized Biocollections (iDigBio)


The national resource for NSF’s Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections program, providing access to data and media for million of biological specimens from institutions within the United States.

Map of Life


A service built to provide the best possible species range information and species lists for any geographic area.



A resource that provides access to millions of vertebrate records and media from hundreds of natural history collections worldwide. Includes data that were formerly part of ORNIS.

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