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Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas

Bell Museum of Natural History

The Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas is an online, searchable interface integrating an extensive set of over 5 terabytes of data from the Bell Musuem of Natural History on birds, mammals, fishes, plants, and fungi to enhance research capacity to perform a range of activities from biological surveys to conservation planning.

Three of the largest terrestrial ecosystems in the world meet near the headwaters of the Mississippi River in the upper midwest. The meeting place of the eastern broadleaf forests, the prairies of the Great Plains, and the coniferous forests of Canada brings together a remarkable array of plant and animal species. Many of these species are at the extremes of their range, and models of species range changes in future climates predict that change will happen fastest at these extremes. Documenting, predicting, and understanding that change depends on accurate records of species distribution.

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Funding for this project was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR). The Trust Fund is a permanent fund constitutionally established by the citizens of Minnesota to assist in the protection, conservation, preservation, and enhancement of the state's air, water, land, fish, wildlife, and other natural resources.
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