BC Species & Ecosystems Explorer

Use the BC Species & Ecosystems Explorer to search for data and information about plants, animals and ecosystems in B.C.

Generate lists by area, conservation status, legal designation and more.

Please Note: We are in the process of adding new Invertebrate groups to the BC Species & Ecosystem Explorer.  This data will be available shortly.  

How to Use the BC Species & Ecosystems Explorer

Step 1: From the BC Species & Ecosystems Explorer landing page, select the tab that corresponds to the data you would like to search – either "Plants & Animals" or "Ecological Communities" (also known as ecosystems).

Step 2: Select a "Quick Search" option (Red List, Red & Blue List, SARA List or Conservation Framework 1-3) or enter "Basic Search" criteria:

  • Species name or ecological community, or
  • Select a species or ecosystem group

Step 3: Narrow your search results by entering "Advanced Search" criteria.

Step 4: Select a "Sort Order" for your search results.

Step 5: Click the "Search" button.

Step 6: Cite CDC as a data source.

Data Sources

Find out where data for species and ecological communities comes from:

Data Updates

Every year in April or May, conservation status and taxonomy information is updated (G-Ranks, S-Ranks, B.C. List Status). The following updates are made on an as-needed basis:

  • Addition of new species or ecological communities or species or ecosystem groups
  • Taxonomic and/or name changes, including species codes
  • COSEWIC status (updates twice a year)
  • Species at Risk Act legal status
  • Distribution information (for example, forest district, biogeoclimatic zone, Ministry of Environment Region)
  • Species and ecosystem summary reports and conservation status reports
  • Mapped known locations (updated daily)

Find more information about taxonomic and status updates: