Looking Back on 10 years of Biodiversity Monitoring for Alberta

Happy birthday to us! Last year, the ABMI celebrated 10 years of operations. While others might have had a cake, we’re a nerdier bunch: to celebrate, we launched a complete review of our first 10 years. We wanted to take a step back, have frank conversations with our stakeholders, and learn from their perspective how [...]

Seeking (and finding!) ALPHA

Content for this post, by Evan DeLancey and Kurt Illerbrun, is adapted from an ABMI feature that recently appeared in the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists’ newsletter, BIOS. If you’re interested in learning more about ALPHA, the ABMI’s upcoming Information Forum (Jan 30) will feature a dedicated session explaining this new initiative. Sign up for [...]

Happy holidays from the ABMI!

2018 was a big year for the ABMI, as we completed a major 10th anniversary review of our operations and began to look ahead to the next 10 years and beyond. Thank you to you, our friends, partners, and collaborators, for your ongoing support—we look forward to working with and for you again in 2019.

Easy as 1-2-3, but 1-2-3-4-5 might be better: How long should a point count take?

Péter Sólymos, a statistical ecologist with the ABMI, Boreal Avian Modelling project, and the U of A, brings us a guest post about his team’s new paper on point count methods for sampling boreal birds. Humans attach more value to rare things, but in conservation biology, rarity often implies an elevated risk. For example, smaller [...]

Come meet (and bleat?) NatureLynx!

Are you a nature enthusiast, novice naturalist, or do you simply enjoy exploring the outdoors? Collecting and sharing our experiences in nature has come a long, long way. What began with pencils, notepads and sketches has evolved into an incredibly advanced tool that fits in your pocket—say hello to Alberta’s brand-new citizen science app, NatureLynx! [...]

Rarity and sample bias in the secret world of lichens

A modified version of this post recently appeared as part of the ABMI’s regular feature in the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists’ newsletter, BIOS Quarterly. Here at the ABMI, we like to say that you manage what you measure—that the more we know about our living resources, the more likely we’ll be to responsibly manage [...]

Big Changes in the Boreal: New Model Explores the Effects of Climate Change in Alberta’s North

A new predictive model using ABMI data suggests that Alberta’s boreal mixedwood forest could decline by at least 50% in the next 100 years due to climate change and wildfire. Change is a funny thing. Sometimes it’s blatantly obvious. Other times, like the old fable of the frog and the boiling water, you only see [...]

A Deeper Dive into Human Footprint in Alberta

The ABMI recently released a new report on the status of human footprint in Alberta. Depending on your particular interests, you were probably struck by different aspects of the report—maybe the fact that 78% of central Alberta is now under human footprint, or the fact that in the Athabasca Oil Sands Area, that number is [...]