Effective recovery planning for species at risk requiressufficient knowledge of their needs in the ecosystem. In British Columbia, some species have well defined critical habitat and resource needs, but many are lacking the necessary research. As an intern with the Species at Risk program with the Ministry of Environment I was responsible for extracting the research needs that have been identified in various sources including federal recovery plans and provincial data bases. I built a searchable database containing the information for species at risk in BC, and a decision making framework to prioritize the needed research. These tools can be used to make more efficient use of research funds, and prioritize projects most likely to improve recovery of the most threatened species.