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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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What is Geospatial Services?
  • Geospatial Data identifies and depicts geographic locations, boundaries and characteristics of features on the surface of the earth. Geospatial data includes geographic coordinates (e.g., Latitude and Longitude) to identify the location of earth’s features, and data associated to geographic locations; for example land survey data and land cover type data.

  • Geographic Information Systems is a system of hardware and software used for storage, retrieval, mapping, and analysis of geospatial data. Practitioners also regard the total GIS as including the operating personnel and the data that go into the system. Spatial features are stored in a coordinate system, which references a particular place on the earth. Descriptive attributes in tabular form are associated with the spatial features. Spatial data and associated attributes in the same coordinate system can then be layered together for mapping and analysis. GIS has many uses including scientific investigations, resource management, development planning, and web mapping applications.

  • Global Positioning Systems (GPS) is a space-based global navigation satellite system developed by the Department of Defense (DOD). GPS allows land, sea, and airborne users to determine their exact location, velocity, and time 24 hours a day, in all weather conditions, anywhere in the world. This technology has been widely utilized in natural resource and conservation management including locating invasive plant species, mapping new infrastructure on public lands, monitoring the movement of wildlife and aiding fire fighters to navigate to specific locations to protect valued resources.

  • Remote Sensing is the means to capture and measure a view of the earth from above at any point in time. Aerial photography and satellite imagery are the primary methods we use to image the lands and waters. Remote sensing can be used for numerous conservation applications including: showing impacts and changes over time, management activities and climate change research and management.


Requesting GIS Data

To request GIS data, please send an email by clicking here and identify which item(s) from the below list you need. Please also indicate if you want the data in Shapefile or KML format.

Species Data



American Crocodile
American Crocodile Critical Habitat 10/2003
American Crocodile Consultation Area 2003
American Crocodile Range Unknown Legacy data, not currently maintained or
updated by FWS, date unknown.
Atlantic Salt Marsh Snake
Atlantic Salt Marsh Snake Consultation Area 2003
Audubons Crested Caracara
Crested Caracara Consultation Area 2003
Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle Nests See Comments DOWNLOAD FROM FWC
Bartram's scrub-hairstreak
Bartram's scrub-hairstreak critical habitat 2014
Blue-tailed Mole Skink
Blue-tailed Mole Skink Consultation Area 2011
Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow
Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow Critical Habitat 11/2007
Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow Consultation Area 2003
Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow Historic Range 11/2009
Cape Sable thoroughwort
Cape Sable thoroughwort critical habitat 2014
Carter's small flowered flax
Carter's small flowered flax critical habitat 2014
Everglades Snail Kite
Everglades Snail Kite Consultation Area 2003
Everglades Snail Kite Critical Habitat 7/2004
Florida brickell-bush
Florida brickell-bush critical habitat 2014
Florida Grasshopper Sparrow
Florida Grasshopper Sparrow Consultation Area 2003
Florida leafwing
Florida leafwing critical habitat 2014
Florida Panther
Florida Panther Crossings 6/2009
Florida Panther Deaths 6/25/2014
Florida Panther Focus Area 12/2006
Florida Panther Historic Range Unknown Legacy data, not currently maintained or
updated by FWS, date unknown.
Florida Panther Telemetry 6/28/2013
Florida Scrub-Jay
Florida Scrub-Jay Mitigation Service Area 9/2009
Florida Scrub-Jay Consultation Area 2003
Florida Scrub-Jay Statewide Habitat 1992-1993 1993
Florida Scrub-Jay Locations 1992-1993 1993
Key Deer
Key Deer Mortality 1966-2008 2008
Key Deer Consultation Area 2003
Key Largo Cotton Mouse
Key Largo Cotton Mouse Consultation Area 2003
Key Largo Woodrat
Key Largo Woodrat Consultation Area 2003
Lower Keys Marsh Rabbit
Lower Keys Marsh Rabbit Consultation Area 2003
Piping Plover
Piping Plover Consultation Area 2003
Piping Plover Critical Habitat 2001
Red Cockaded Woodpecker
Red Cockaded Woodpecker Consultation Area 2003
Silver Rice Rat
Silver Rice Rat Critical Habitat 9/2005
Roseate Tern
Roseate Tern Consultation Area 2003
Sand Skink
Sand Skink Consultation Area 2011
Schaus Swallowtail Butterfly
Schaus Swallowtail Butterfly Consultation Area 2003
Stock Island Tree Snail
Stock Island Tree Snail Consultation Area 2003
West Indian Manatee
Manatee Consultation Area 2003
Manatee Mortality See Comments DOWNLOAD FROM FWC
Manatee Critical Habitat 2003
Wood Stork
Wood Stork Colonies 2001 - 2012

State GIS Data Links
Last updated: June 24, 2019