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The Oregon Biodiversity Information Center (ORBIC) is part of the Institute for Natural Resources and is based at Portland State University. ORBIC leads INR's biodiversity and conservation work; and, its key function is to maintain, develop and distribute biodiversity information in Oregon. The center works with partners across the region to provide the most comprehensive information on plants, wildlife, fish, fungi, and vegetation communities throughout Oregon. ORBIC houses a wealth of information, including the most comprehensive database of rare, threatened and endangered species of Oregon. ORBIC was originally formed by the Oregon Legislature in 1979 as the Oregon Natural Heritage Program. 

Staff profiles can be found at the Institute for Natural Resource's Staff Directory.

Rare Species List 2019 Update

We have published our latest update to the "Rare, Threatened and Endangered Species of Oregon" as of July 18, 2019.

All documents for the 2019 update have been published to our website at, along with all previous lists and publications. 

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