The World Database on Protected Areas
maps information on over 250,000 protected areas around the world.
Unfortunately, lists of the species in these areas are not centrally available,
either because many areas lack inventory data or because nobody has yet assembled the data that do exist.
Here our goal is to assemble species lists for most, if not all, protected areas within five years,
creating a valuable on-line resource for biodiversity science and conservation.
To do so we will use automated artificial intelligence tools and crowdsource the necessary human input and oversight.
Our existing tools provide us a rapid means to extract, check, and standardize scientific names from various
sources, notably pdf, html, xml, csv and text files, spreadsheets, and paper copy reports.
They use Discover Life's existing authority files to over 1.3 million recognized species
and the distributional information that we have on more than 700,000.
Whether you are a taxonomic expert or a novice who cares about biodiversity,
if you would like to help build and review checklists, please contact us.
While we wish to collect information on all species, in order to compare communities across sites and monitor
disturbance, we are particularly interested in completing checklists for the following groups:
vertebrates, vascular plants, moths and butterflies, bees, ants, aquatic insects, and mollusks.