Mapped Locations of Species & Ecosystems

The B.C. Conservation Data Centre (CDC) maps locations of red- and blue-listed species and ecosystems – these are called element occurrences. Click here to learn more about element occurrences and secured element occurrences and learn about the NatureServe method of mapping.

BC Species & Ecosystems Explorer

View generalized locations of mapped element occurrences


  • When the results of your search are displayed, click on the globe icon under "locations"
  • Click on “Detailed Map and Report” on each location to view the mapped element occurrence in CDC iMap
CDC iMap

View, print and export (to CSV or shapefile) mapped element occurrences using this online mapping service

DataBC Connect

Connect to CDC element occurrence data in WMS format using your own geospatial software, or view the KML files in Google Earth

CDC data is included in the “Wildlife and Plant Species” service

B.C. Data Catalogue

Download CDC element occurrence data as ArcView Shape, ESRI Geodatabase, CSV, GeoRSS or GeoJSON  or connect to the WMS URL.

Use the search term "CDC Occurrences" to find the CDC spatial layers.

Instructions (PDF)

BC Species and Ecosystems Explorer

Generate a list of species or ecosystems that may potentially occur in a given area using an area-based search with this tool

Results are based on known locations and expert opinion

Conversely, view the Species or Ecosystems Summary Report in the search results to see what areas it may potentially occur within

Terrestrial/Predictive Ecosystem (TEM / PEM) Index Map (PDF, 1MB)

Sensitive Ecosystem Inventory (SEI) Index Map (PDF, 1.5 MB)

Note:  These maps may be out of date and more projects can be found in Ecocat

Search for areas with potential occurrences of ecological communities at risk.

If the index maps show ecosystem inventories in your area of interest, you can, search in Ecological Reports Catalogue (EcoCat) using any of the following keywords:

  • A specific project name
  • "Terrestrial ecosystem mapping"
  • "Predictive ecosystem mapping"
  • "Sensitive ecosystems inventory"
  • " Biogeoclimatic Unit"

If you cannot find the project using EcoCat, please contact the Ecosystems Information Section at 250 387-1908.

More options: Learn how to find potential locations of ecological communities