Natural Heritage Information System (NM Biotics)
Natural Heritage New Mexico's information is managed
using the Natural Heritage Information System (NM Biotics). This system
is based on the Biotics biodiversity data model
used by Natural Heritage programs throughout the US, Canada and
Latin America. Biotics, in turn, grew out of the Biological and
Conservation Data System (BCD) designed by the Nature Conservancy.
NM Biotics records information on several major components linked to electronic and paper inforamtion sources
and GIS (Geographical Information System) data. This overview describes the major components of NM Biotics and the types of information they contain.
This component is used to manage location-specific records for species
or plant communities being tracked by NHNM. Each record includes
population and natural plant community data, information on environmental
features associated with the species or natural plant community,
and precise geographical and ecological data such as: UTM (Universal
Transverse Mercator reference), latitude-longitude, 1:24,000 USGS
Quadrangle Map, major watershed, and whether or not the site occurs
in a Managed Area (National Park, State Park, National Forest,
etc). All of these fields are indexed and searchable.
The best source for additional information is also cited. Records
are based on published and unpublished reports, field surveys,
and collection records.
- Where does the Gray Vireo occur in the National Forest?
- Are there records of any rare species or ecosystems on BLM
property in New Mexico?
- Where does Todsen's pennyroyal occur in New Mexico
and are any of these sites protected?
- Our client is proposing a gas pipeline in the area outlined
on the enclosed map. Has the NHNM identified any species of
These are the 'definition records' for each of the species or plant
communities (known as 'Elements') that NHNM is tracking. They
contain taxonomic information, global
conservation status ranks (based on degree of endangerment), status
on the state tracking
and other ecological details for over 600 plant
and animal species and plant communities found in New Mexico.
- Which federal and state listed species should I look for when
conducting a survey in Cibola County?
- How many taxa in New Mexico are globally rare?
- Please give me more information on the Potentilla sierrae-blancae
Herbaceous Vegetation community.
- How many federally endangered species occur in New Mexico?
What are they?
This is a bibliography of information sources (currently over
17,000 records) which includes published and unpublished reports,
field surveys, journal articles, organizations, and information from knowledgeable
individuals. The sources contained in this database are, in general,
focused on rare and endangered species and plant communities.
Every report generated by the NHNM includes citations for the
sources of the information in the report.
- Can you provide a bibliography for the Ferruginous Hawk?
- Where did the information for this species' location come from?
This summarizes information on areas in New Mexico that are
under some type of special management or ownership, such as federal
or state. Area in acres, ownership, contact information, boundaries,
and special features are noted for managed areas.
- Which State Parks contain state listed species?
- What federal listed species are found in state parks?