Arctic Media/Resources BISON
USGS Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON)
BISON is an online Federal mapping resource for species occurrence data in the United States and its Territories, providing access to georeferenced (those with latitude and longitude coordinates) and non-georeferenced data. This data describes the occurrence or presence of terrestrial and aquatic species recorded by a person (or instrument) at a specific time in Canada, the United States, and U.S. Territories. Each species occurrence consists of a scientific name (genus and species), a date, and one or more geographic references such as a state name/county name/decimal latitude and longitude coordinates, and many other potential fields. These occurrence records are extremely useful as they serve to track the spread of invasive species, the decline of threatened species, and the movement of ranges in response to climate change or other factors.
This resource is referenced on multiple ARCBIO species pages to provide our users access to species-specific occurrence records. To learn more about what BISON offers and how to use this resource appropriately, please click here.