Populations of rare, threatened, and endangered species can be decimated by illegal or immoral over-harvesting. For this reason, collection managers often want to protect the locations of such species. Symbiota allows node, collection, and wildlife managers to establish multi-layered protocols to ensure protection of these species without hindering management and research efforts performed by biologist and wildlife officials. Species protection starts within each collection institution, where collection managers incorporate the ability to tag certain records within their database records as needing protection. Upon import of their data, Symbiota uses this information to know which records should have their locality details hidden from general users. This method gives the individual collection manager direct control of the security of their data. Within the Symbiota, the node managers and community have the ability to define a global list of species that should have protection for all regions (e.g. G1, G2, G3). Upon the upload of a dataset, this list is used to globally hide locality data for all matching taxa. This method ensures protection for species that have been overlooked, or for collections that have not yet established internal protocols for specimen protection. The global rare/threatened species list can be built and managed by a team of approved rare species data managers through a password protected web interface. Species globally stable but listed rare within a region (e.g. state) can be protected by state through checklist management tools. For more information, see the documentation covering protecting rare species by state.
The Symbiota user permissions regime enables portal administrators the ability to give approved registered users the ability to view and map rare species data. This management philosophy gives species protection from individuals whose actions might harm a population, yet enables researchers and wildlife managers to use the portal as a wildlife management tool. For more information on protecting specimen localities for rare species within a Symbiota portal, view our Rare Species webinar found within our mini-webinar series.