Minnesota Biological Survey

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MCBS status June 2013

The Minnesota Biological Survey (MBS) systematically collects, interprets, and delivers baseline data on the distribution and ecology of rare plants, rare animals, native plant communities, and functional landscapes needed to guide decision making.

More about the survey

MBS is gathering data on Minnesota's grassland bees. Check out the new webpages featuring information on MN's pollinators, and pollinator resources, too!

Moth species never before documented in MN discovered by MBS.

MBS Herpetologist Jeff LeCLere talks about the snakes in the Weaver Dunes area in a Minnesota Public Radio feature Snakes in the grass: A key to Minnesota's vanishing prairie.

MBS native bee surveys are featured in this Minnesota Public Radio story as well this MNDNR video.

MBS staff member coauthors new book! Amphibians and Reptiles in Minnesota. The authors recently discussed the book in this newspaper article

Updated Bird Distribution Maps - view maps of 246 bird species recorded by MBS during the breeding season.

Life in the Landscape: Scientists of the Minnesota Biological Survey collect data, specimens—and memories. Essays from some of the Survey staff published in the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer

Rare mammal sightings needed! You can help MBS by reporting sightings of four rare MN mammals.

Rare skunk sightings needed! You can help MBS by reporting sightings of the rare Eastern spotted skunk.

News from the Field - MBS staff describe what they are seeing around Minnesota this field season. (updated July 22, 2014).

Radio story - MBS Herpetologist Jeff LeClere talks about a sure sign of Spring: calling frogs.This link leads to an external site.

MNTaxa: MN's checklist of vascular plants is now on line.

Minnesota's Amphibian and Reptile Distribution Maps are now on line.

MBS Highlights - Program highlights, featured species, and conservation stories.
Radio story on rare plant searches in the Border Lakes area This link leads to an external site.