Conservation Registry Provides Valuable Insight for Project Planning and Tracking

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Powerful new database displays wildlife and conservation projects across the nation 

How does the conservation project you are working on fit into your watershed? Who’s fighting invasive species, providing fish passage or trying to bring back beaver in your area? Is anyone else surveying for frogs? Find out on the Conservation Registry. And, while you’re looking around, think about what project you could add to the website.

Did You Know?

Today, there are almost 13,000 projects in the Registry. The states of Arkansas, Idaho, Oregon and Washington have portals featuring their projects, although projects have appeared in a total of 47 states, as well as in Canada and Mexico. Defenders Wildlife Corps participants have worked on nine projects listed in the Registry, which can be viewed through the Defenders portal.

The Conservation Registry was developed by Defenders of Wildlife and partners to provide a simple, free web-based database and mapping system. With assistance from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, MJ Murdock Charitable Trust and many federal and state agencies, the Conservation Registry visualizes on-the-ground conservation and wildlife investments. A Google Maps platform makes it easy to use.

“The Conservation Registry is our gift to the world,” says Sara Vickerman, Senior Director of Biodiversity Partnerships who works out of Defenders’ Northwest office in Oregon. “As conservation opportunities become more strategic, our partners wanted a way to show where on-the-ground projects were actually taking place, so that we could maximize our investments and foster new partnerships.”

13,000 projects sounds like a lot but there are so many conservation projects we haven’t seen in the Registry yet. As new roads and development and climate change encroach on precious habitat, we need a way to visualize what we’ve already done—and what we need to do next. Technology has provided a way to make this information available.

Tracking and Mapping Wildlife Projects 

The Conservation Registry enables you to:

  • Find projects with ease. View projects on a Google map or search for projects with simple queries.
  • Monitor conservation success. See who is working in a favorite area and track progress over time.
  • Gain transparency. Discover how conservation dollars are being spent.
  • Learn about funding and volunteer opportunities. Find out what projects in your area need support and assistance.

What the Conservation Registry Means for Wildlife and Habitats

With more species becoming imperiled every year, the Conservation Registry provides the information conservationists, landowners, agency professionals, planners and wildlife lovers everywhere need to make intelligent decisions. 
 

Want to See What the Registry Can Do?

Check out just a few examples of the many projects currently listed on the Conservation Registry.

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