This virtual flora and fauna was created to serve as a gateway for the environmental research community, as well as the general public, to access and contribute to a growing collection of specimen records and observations. These data represent the products of MABA research expeditions as well as historic data from herbaria, museum collections, and scientific literature.
Sky Island Alliance's MABA project is a visionary initiative to catalog, protect, and restore one of the world's premier biodiversity hotspots - the Southwestern U.S. and Northwestern Mexico’s Madrean Sky Island region (Sonora, Arizona, Chihuahua, and New Mexico). MABA is committed to inventorying the wildlands and wildlife of these Sky Islands — a region of incredible biological wealth — while implementing community-based conservation, restoration and education activities that are key to the integrity of natural and human environments.
This is more than just a website - it is a virtual natural history resource that allows access to a distributed network of departments, museums and agencies that provide environmental information. Symbiota web tools strive to integrate biological community knowledge and data in order to synthesize a network of databases and tools that will increase our overall environmental comprehension.