The Minnesota Biological Survey (MBS) systematically collects, interprets, monitors and delivers data on plant and animal distribution as well as the ecology of native plant communities and functional landscapes. More about the survey
What's new in MBS
Minnesota's Ecological Monitoring Network
MNDNR established the Ecological Monitoring Network in 2017 to track ecological change throughout the state. MBS is leading this exciting, collaborative effort.
MBS 30th Anniversary!
For 30 years, biologists with MBS have been combing the state, looking for remnants of native vegetation and rare plant and animal species. Check out the anniversary page for a look at our progress!
MBS updates map of remaining prairies!
At the time of European settlement (mid 1800s), Minnesota had 18 million acres of tallgrass prairie. Today only a little more than 1 percent (about 250,000 acres) of the original prairie remains .