Minnesota Biological Survey

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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

image of cover of Minnesota Conservation Volunteer featuring article on native bee surveys

Watch MBS plant ecologist Chel Anderson read from her Minnesota Conservation Volunteer piece "Flash of Serendipity"

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

Life in the Landscape: Scientists of the Minnesota Biological Survey collect data, specimens—and memories This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.. Essays from some of the Survey staff published in the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer