Map Viewer

 

This page gives you access to the new BIOS 5 internet-based map and data viewer developed by the BIOS team in the Biogeographic Data Branch of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. This new tool replaces the older BIOS Map Query tool used by CalFish, which was retired 12/31/2013.

 

CalFish will continue to offer a collection of Map Viewer bookmarks which can be used to open the new BIOS 5 Map Viewer with specific collections of data grouped to offer information that answer common fisheries-related questions. Alternatively, you can go straight to the new BIOS 5 Map Viewer, select layers, and create your own bookmarks.

For more information about using BIOS 5, the BIOS team has provided the following resources:

Getting Started in BIOS 5 (0.3MB pdf)

BIOS 5 User Guide (3.4MB pdf) - A complete overview of every tool.

BIOS Basics (video - 17 min)
The BIOS Basics video tutorial describes the background, purpose, structure, and basic toolset in the Biogeographic Information and Observation System (BIOS), a web-based map viewer (https://wildlife.ca.gov/Data/BIOS). The video includes instruction on the basics of searching for and adding data, accessing metadata and downloads, identifying elements within the data, and use of the CNDDB QuickView Tool.

BIOS Tools (video - 11 min)
The BIOS Tools video tutorial covers commonly used tools in the Biogeographic Information and Observation System (BIOS), a web-based map viewer (https://wildlife.ca.gov/Data/BIOS). This video includes instruction on the use and function of tools focusing on location information, adding map services, creating labels, saving bookmarks, and printing maps. This tutorial builds from the material in BIOS Basics.

BIOS Advanced Tools (video - 14 min)
The BIOS Advanced Tools video tutorial covers the more advanced tools in the Biogeographic Information and Observation System (BIOS), a web-based map viewer (https://wildlife.ca.gov/Data/BIOS). This video includes instructions on the use and function of data selections, creation of layer filters, and building conditional queries. This tutorial builds from the material in BIOS Basics and BIOS Tools.

 A list of the 20 most recent public dataset additions/updates to BIOS.