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In the Center for Conservation Innovation, we lead and collaborate on original science; develop technologies such as web apps; and imagine the next generation of policy, all with a focus on improving conservation outcomes. Here you can search and filter our papers, reports, apps, maps, and other products.

A wetland is an area of land that is either covered or saturated with water for all or part of the …

In the United States, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uses the concepts of resilience, …

As climate change continues to accelerate, it is essential to protect natural habitats that act as …

The Golden-cheeked Warbler (GCWA) is a migratory songbird that breeds in only 32 counties in Texas …

A clear and consistent definition of “protected” or “conserved” is needed to establish priority …

Addressing the current biodiversity crisis will require transformative changes to social, political, …

This small dashboard illustrates which states have started 30x30 initiatives. We are tracking …

The Earth is facing environmental crisis. A 2019 global assessment by the Intergovernmental …

The growth of renewable energy is critical to slowing climate change, and the number of solar energy …

The FY 2022 update on the funding needs for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) endangered …

Rivers shape the Pacific Northwest, flowing from snow-capped mountains and carving through rugged …

The conservation status of the lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicintus) is being assessed …

The ocelot is a medium-sized wild cat found throughout the Americas from Argentina to the …

Biodiversity is deteriorating at a global level as human actions like development, overexploitation, …

This small dashboard illustrates funding across National Wildlife Refuges in the U.S. and is based …

A significant limitation in biodiversity conservation has been the effective implementation of laws …

As the first nation to develop a formal network of protected areas, the U.S. has led the way in …

Defenders of Wildlife is committed to a future where North American wildlife and habitats are secure …

Southern sea otters play a critical role as a keystone species, which means they have a profound …

With their charming smile and white coloration, beluga whales are among the most iconic marine …

This project contains data and code used to analyze the behavior of the collision risk model used by …

Beaver are the classic keystone species. Their remarkable dam building creates deep ponds which are …

The Beaver Habitat Mapper is an interactive map application that allows users to overlay geographic …

Addressing the current biodiversity crisis will require transformative changes to social, political …

CCI has produced this map to remind Congress why it established protections for the Desert National …

Imperiled species rely on National Wildlife Refuges to shelter them from threats underlying the …

Deep in the heart of southern Georgia lies one of the most outstanding examples of an ecologically …

The Supreme Court’s opinion in Weyerhaeuser Co. v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service, 139 S. …

Areas can be excluded from critical habitat (CH) designations for economic, national security, or …

Laws and regulations that protect imperiled species and their habitats are often limited by …

EarthEnticate is a mobile friendly web app that lets users look for habitat loss within the range of …

Join Defenders for a fun-filled game of Wild Jeopardy! You can also check out other fun videos and …

We have an unprecedented ability to analyze and map the Earth’s surface, as deep learning …

This is a field guide to climate change impacts to wildlife across North America. You can click the …

The Trump Administration has continued to advance work on the border wall between the U.S. and …

This interactive web map facilitates a spatial comparison between California’s protected areas …

Biodiversity is deteriorating at a global level as human actions like development, overexploitation, …

Off the west coast of North America lives the most endangered orca population in the world: the …

After existing for millions of years in the California desert, the desert tortoise is experiencing …

Shark tourism has become a significant driver of tourist dollars both in the United States and …

This document serves as an update of CCI’s funding analysis in 2019 , where we found that the …

Recovering species is one of the main goals of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). In the face of …

To stem the ongoing loss of biodiversity, conservation practitioners must distinguish between …

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge harbors the greatest biodiversity of any protected area north of the …

The science marshalled in recent months and years shows with unrivaled clarity that this is a …

This app helps users understand the costs associated with obtaining a permit for the incidental take …

The Endangered Species Act protects species in danger of extinction (Endangered) or likely to become …

The Endangered Species Act requires the creation of plans for recovering listed species. Long-term …

The U.S. Endangered Species Act requires a review of the status of listed species once every five …

Proposals have been put forward to remove U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections from species …

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides tables of the counties of occurrence of each ESA-listed …

Defenders of Wildlife supports the development of renewable energy sources and works to ensure that …

Learn how the Endangered Species Act (ESA) works in our new series! Meg Evansen, our Conservation …

The Supreme Court’s opinion in Weyerhaeuser Co. v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service, 139 S. …

Over the last decade, the conservation community has partnered with tribes, national parks and …

The Trump Administration has continued to advance work on the border wall between the U.S. and …

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released its Draft Revised Method for National …

Disregarding more than 800,000 public comments opposing its proposal to weaken implementation of the …

The Endangered Species Act is considered one of the strongest acts in the world for protecting …

The Center for Conservation Innovation has produced a static map and story map to accompany a report …

The Partnership for Action on Conservation Technology (PACT) 2019 was a workshop held on 12 June …

Conservationists need a platform with tools tailored to our needs, like Microsoft Office and …

The Kinder Morgan Pipeline will destroy Golden cheeked warbler habitat in the Hill Country. This …

In May 2019, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services …

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has been developing a new web service to make their data more …

The goals of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) are to prevent extinction and recover species, but …

The Forest Service released a federal proposed action for amending the Thunder Basin Land and …

This report was produced by Defenders of Wildlife, with the support of CCI, to detail the effects …

The Trump Administration has continued to advance work on the border wall between the U.S. and …

The Trump Administration has continued to advance work on the border wall between the U.S. and …

Deforestation can be monitored from space using Earth observation satellites. For this interactive, …

Recovery planning is an essential part of implementing the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA), but …

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A Shiny app to explore section 7 consultation data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife …

Separating myth and reality is essential for evaluating the effectiveness of laws. Section 7 of the …

This report, produced in collaboration between Defenders of Wildlife and National Parks Conservation …

CCI provides mapping support throughout Defenders for informational handouts, such as this boat …

An interactive story map detailing how border wall construction would impact the people, places and …

An analysis of the funding needed for the US Fish and Wildlife Service to properly implement the US …

Under the North American model of wildlife management, states take the lead on managing many …

Helping ensure that renewable energy projects are built close to existing transmission, on already …

A map showing recovery units designated for threatened and endangered species, which allow more …

Over 1/4 of lands in the U.S. are federally owned and are essential to protecting wildlife. This …

A web map app showing recovery zones for the Florida panther.

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An alpha-stage app to view the areas occupied by Pacific Coast salmon listed under the …

The Lesser Prairie-Chicken is an imperiled species that was formerly listed as a threatened species, …

The jaguar is an important keystone predator whose range extends from South America through the …

Defenders of Wildlife maintains the Electric Fence Incentive Program in the Rockies and Plains …

Thousands of pages of ESA-related documents are created every year, each containing important and …

Map depicting proposed road through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.

Hurricane Michael damaged countless communities along the gulf coast - an area that is also home to …

CCI has helped support spatial analyses and mapping to protect desert tortoises, a project led by …

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) released a 7-year workplan used to prioritize ongoing …

Knowing where ESA-listed species live is the first step to avoiding, minimizing, and mitigating …

Background: The dunes sagebrush lizard (Sceloporus arenicolus) is an imperiled species that is …

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Since 1973, over 2,000 species have been listed as 'Threatened' or 'Endangered' under the …

This white paper explains the problems with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s recent …

Sand mines can be even more disruptive than oil and gas development, removing very large swaths of …

Compliance monitoring is an integral part of law and policy implementation. A lack of compliance …

A brief overview of Congressional appropriations and agency expenditures on the Endangered Species …

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Southeast Region assembled a small Microsoft Access …

Implementing automated habitat change detection over the range of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken.

An analysis of incidental take data authorized and recorded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service in …

Imperiled species are threatened by a variety of factors, many of which stem from human population …