Downloading Species Data
You can download the species in your search results to
a NatureServe Explorer Species PDF report, an XML file, or an Excel spreadsheet and save it to your computer. If you need to retrieve
the results report/file again, it will be available on the NatureServe Explorer server for 24 hours. Report downloads are currently
limited to approximately 800 species.
About the PDF Report
The PDF report contains a selected set of attributes that are used to describe species in NatureServe
Explorer. It is designed to provide an overview of the species data resulting from your search in a viewable format.
About the XML File
The XML file contains the complete set of attributes that are used to describe species in NatureServe Explorer.
It is designed to be utilized specifically when the actual species data need to be used rather than only viewed
(as in the PDF report). Uses for XML data include conversion to a web page, or upload into a spreadsheet or
application for analysis.
About the Excel Spreadsheet
The Excel spreadsheet file contains a summary of selected species and their habitats.
It is designed to provide relevant species habitat information in a standardized spreadsheet format.
To Download the Results Data
Click the Download Species Data
button at the top of the results page to download all of the species in your search results. This button will not appear if
there are no species in your results. Subspecies, varieties, and populations will automatically be included in the XML file
if they were included in your search.
The Download Species Data page should open.
Select the desired data format by clicking either the PDF Report,
XML File, or Excel Spreadsheet radio button.
Enter your email address twice. (Your email address will only be used to
notify you when your file is ready for download.)
Read the license and check the box to agree to its terms.
Wait for an email from
(You may want to add this email address to your spam filter safe-sender list so that it is not treated as spam.)
The time needed to generate the report or file is exponentially linked
to the number of species that were included in the search. Data for 70 species should take a minute or two, while a
report/file with thousands of species may take many hours to generate. We anticipate working on performance
enhancements in the next phase of development.
Note: Until a bug is fixed, even UNCHECKED species in your
results list will be included in your report.
Once the PDF report, XML file, or Excel spreadsheet has been created, an email will be
sent to the address provided:
Click the link in the email
http://.../download/Species_Data_YYYY-MM-DD_#.xml or http://.../download/Species_Data_YYYY-MM-DD_#.xls to view the data in your web browser.
When viewing the report or file in a web browser you can save it to
your computer by going to the File menu and choosing Save for Internet Explorer.
Choose the location on your computer to be used for saving the
.pdf, .xml, or .xsl file.
Alternately, bookmark the address of the link in the email to retrieve
the data within the next 24 hours.
Using NatureServe Explorer