BIOS 6 is a system that enables the visualization of the spatial distribution of biological data generated by the Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and its Partner Organizations, the management of those data when necessary, and the sharing of those data with Department employees and partners. It is an evolving system and is expected to change in response to the Department's needs and improvements in technology.
Please note that the BIOS 5 Map Viewer will no longer be available starting January 2023.
For information about using BIOS 6, the BIOS team has provided the following resources:
Getting Started in BIOS 6 (PDF)
BIOS 6 User Guide (PDF) - A complete overview of every tool.
BIOS 6 Basics (video - 17 min)
The BIOS Basics video tutorial describes the background, purpose, structure, and basic toolset in the web-based BIOS map viewer. The video includes instruction on the basics of navigating within the map frame, searching for and adding data, accessing metadata and downloads, identifying features within the data, and use of the CNDDB QuickView tool.
BIOS 6 Tools (video - 7 min)
The BIOS Tools video tutorial covers commonly used tools in the web-based BIOS map viewer. This video includes instruction on the use and function of tools focusing on location information, making measurements, adding waypoints, saving bookmarks, and printing maps. This tutorial builds from the material in BIOS Basics.
BIOS 6 Advanced Tools (video - 16 min)
The BIOS Advanced Tools video tutorial covers the more advanced tools in the web-based BIOS map viewer. This video includes instructions on the use and function of data selections, creation of layer filters, building conditional queries, and CNDDB data reporting options. This tutorial builds from the material in BIOS Basics and BIOS Tools
More BIOS 6 training information to help you get started using the applications and data has been made available by the BIOS Team including a list of all public and CDNDB BIOS datasets.