It’s Showtime for the ABMI

Come and learn about “Better Environmental Management Through Monitoring”, otherwise known as:

Land use planning that accounts for the location and needs of Alberta’s rare plants and animals. Forest management that adjusts to shifting forests in an age of climate change. The development of market-based systems to value wetlands that store and purify water.

These are just some of the topics that will be discussed at The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute’s (ABMI) inaugural speaker series – an event that will showcase ABMI’s current work and demonstrate the application of its monitoring system to those interested in environmental management in Alberta.

This exciting and informative half-day will be held at the Royal Alberta Museum on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to come and learn a bit about, among other things:

  •  The challenges of monitoring the elusive Woodland Caribou;
  • Forecasting the future of Alberta’s birds and why we need extensive distributional information to be successful at it;
  • How Alberta’s landscapes are shifting due to climate change and what adaptation strategies we might employ to deal with the effects;
  • The ecological recovery trajectories for reclaimed oil and gas sites;
  • And, why we need to map and value ecosystem services – the benefits we receive from nature that contribute to human wellbeing – such as pollination and water purification.

The morning will get underway with welcoming remarks and an introduction to the ABMI by Executive Director Kirk Andries. After a round of high-level talks on various ABMI projects, the event will wrap up with lunch and a networking opportunity.

ABMI’s “Better Environmental Management through Monitoring” will be emceed by CBC’s Peter Brown, and will be attended by government, industry, academia and interested members of the public. To register, please visit

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We look forward to seeing you there!