Observations, Idaho Species Catalog - Status Lists

TIP: Before you begin be sure to log into your IFWIS account to obtain all the functionality assigned to you.

The Idaho Species Catalog menubar provides three options. This blog describes the functionality of the Idaho Species Catalog (ISC) 'STATUS LISTS' option at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/species/taxa . For an introduction to the ISC please view our background blog.

Status Lists allow the user to query and download Conservation Statuses for a species or a taxonomic group. Attributes included are United State Endangered Species Act, Species of Greatest Conservation Need, BLM Type, USFS sensitive species, and IDAPA classification.

Click "FILTER" after you have specified one or all of the criteria under Keyword, Category, and Idaho Classification.  Be sure to "RESET" the filter before you begin a new filter.

Downloading the Status List is easy.  Once you have filtered your species of interest simply click the orange .csv button at the bottom of the page.  The .csv can then be saved and opened in MS Excel.  To download a Status List for the entire state simply make sure there is no filter set and download the .csv.


Observations, Idaho Species Catalog - background

TIP: Before you begin be sure to log into your IFWIS account to obtain all the functionality assigned to you. 

Want to search for a species within the online system? Need a rank or status for a particular species?  Want to download a taxonomy list? Want to verify the species you saw before you enter an observations?  Do it all by exploring the Idaho Species Catalog at, https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/species (simply remember "SPECIES" after the idfg url).

Take a Tour - provides background information about 'Observations'.

Start Exploring! - Opens the Idaho Species Catalog.  The Idaho Species Catalog is a great place to start if you want to query for a particular taxa and view the observations. 


The Idaho Species Catalog menubar provides three options.  Here's a brief explanation of each option. 

EXPLORE - the home page of the Idaho Species Catalog. Details on 'explore' can be found here.

STATUS LISTS -Filter and/or download taxonomy lists by species, taxonomy group, or IDAPA classification. Details on 'status lists' can be found here.

EXPORTS - User-defined custom queries on the taxonomy to lists based on a species, groups of species, various statuses, and ranks.  This can also be downloaded to a .csv textfile compatible with MS Excel. Details on 'exports' can be found here.



Observations: Finding and Reviewing

To “View & Export Observations” that have been submitted and entered into the IDFG-IFWIS database, for Animals you can go to https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/species/observations/list, while for Plants you go to https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/species/observations/plants/list.  From this page you can begin filtering and querying the data to fit your need.  Filters currently included are by: Common Name, Scientific Name, Category [of species type], and Region.  An updated form will also include filters for Observer and Reporting Organization.  If you require a specific filter, that you believe will be useful by many, please let us know.

These filters should be fairly intuitive, but a helpful note is to remember to “Reset” the filter when you want to change your search criteria, otherwise, the filter will continue to narrow down on the search criteria that are already entered.  You may also increase the number of observations returned per page by changing the Items/page filter.

Observations and Roadkill Posters

For anyone interested in helping promote the use of these systems, here are graphics we've started with for Observations and Roadkill online reporting forms.

Observations Roadkill


We'd appreciate it if you are using these as web images, that they would link directly to either Observations (https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/observations) or Roadkill (https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/roadkill)


Displaying Recent Roadkill on your Webpage

You can use the Roadkills API to display the most recently reported roadkill on your webpage.

Passionate about Mule Deer perchance?  In a couple quick steps you can add a real-time list of the Recent Mule Deer Roadkills using the magic of JQuery and the Roadkills API.  First, a demo, then the code.


Recent Mule Deer Roadkill

    Loading Roadkill...

The Code

<ul id="roadkillfeed">Loading Roadkill...</ul><script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.google.com/jsapi?key={YOUR GOOGLE API KEY}">
    <script type="text/javascript" src="https://www.google.com/jsapi"></script><script type="text/javascript">
        google.load("feeds", "1");

        google.setOnLoadCallback(function () {

        function initializefeeds() {
            var feed = new google.feeds.Feed("http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/core/view/roadkills/list.rss?species=16300&start=-365&end=now&pageSize=25&cachebuster=" + parseInt(Math.random() * 99999999, 10));
            feed.load(function (result) {
                if (!result.error) {

                    var content = document.getElementById('roadkillfeed');
                    var html = '';

                    for (var i = 0; i < result.feed.entries.length; i++) {
                        var entry = result.feed.entries[i];

                        html += '<li><a href="' + entry.link + '">' + entry.title + '</a></li>';

                    content.innerHTML = html;

Substitute your Google API Key and your customized URL and you're live!  Well, not the roadkill, but the page is displaying live data as it arrives!