Status & Outcomes
The Minnesota Biological Survey (MBS) has enhanced our knowledge of the distribution and status of the state's flora, fauna, and native plant communities. To date MBS has:
Research, Monitoring, and Targeted Survey
In addition to gathering statewide baseline biological information, MBS conducts conservation research, monitoring, and specialized survey projects across Minnesota
- Surveillance for the disease White-nose Syndrome in bats and monitoring of bat populations.
- Surveys of native bees to broaden understanding of pollinator decline.
- Intensive surveys for rare, rapidly declining prairie butterflies.
- Long-term vegetation plot monitoring to assess effectiveness of grassland conservation grazing.
- Radio-tracking of selected reptile species to identify overwintering sites, nesting sites, and foraging ranges.
- Developing long-term ecological monitoring network to observe long-term, statewide trends in condition of grasslands, forests, and wetlands.
- Monitoring sites of high conservation value to meet requirements for DNR's sustainable forestry certification.
- Monitoring of small white lady's-slipper in Minnesota, home to the world's largest concentration of the species.
- Annual monitoring of federally endangered plant species, including dwarf trout lily, western prairie fringed orchid, and prairie bush clover.
- Resampling of historic vegetation monitoring plots in Minnesota's peatlands to assess influence of climate change.
Managing, Interpreting, and Delivering Information
MBS delivers data and information to a wide array of users, from resource managers to conservation organizations seeking to learn about and enjoy the natural world around them
- Data and guidance for management and conservation of parks and preserves such as the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, State Parks, and Nature Conservancy preserves
- Comprehensive books on habitats of portions of the state (Anoka Sandplain book and Prairie book)
- Field guides to Minnesota's native plant communities.
- Technical expertise for sustainable management of forests, prairies, and wetlands.
- Guidance on Minnesota's prairie conservation plan.
- Major contributions to the DNR's web-based Rare Species Guide.
- Plant and animal specimens submitted to museum collections.
- Data on rare species and native plant communities are provided for every environmental review assessment done by the DNR