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Be a winter wildlife detective with NatureLynx and the Nature Conservancy of Canada

Looking for a reason to lose the sweatpants and get outside this winter? Why not try being a winter wildlife detective?? The Nature Conservancy of Canada and NatureLynx are challenging Albertans to get outside January 15–30 with the 2021 Hands-on Alberta winter tracking mission. We hope you’ll join us! Many of Alberta’s animal species stay [...]

Join the BiodiverCity Challenge!

If you’re near Edmonton and looking for a nature activity that’s both family- and social-distancing-friendly, why not take part in Edmonton’s first ever BiodiverCity Challenge this June 11–14? The BiodiverCity Challenge is inspired by the City Nature Challenge, a global urban biodiversity “contest”, or bioblitz, where cities compete against one another to monitor biodiversity within [...]

Tell us a story, or learn about caribou. Or both!

If you follow the ABMI’s social media, you’ll already know about our What does biodiversity mean to you? writing contest. If not, we have news for you: The ABMI has a writing contest, in partnership with Alberta Views Magazine! The rules are simple: Submit an original 500 – 750 word essay on what biodiversity means [...]

Field notes from isolation: Data management in a digital world

We understand that many of our readers, like us, are hunkered down as the events around COVID-19 unfold. We hope you’re keeping as well as can be under the circumstances. Meanwhile, ABMI operations continue with a temporary shift of focus away from on-the-ground fieldwork and toward work that can be done digitally. To that end, [...]

Bird declines in North America: a deeper dive using long-term ABMI and BAM data

A recent paper highlighted the decline of North American bird populations. Guest blogger Dr. Peter Solymos, a statistical ecologist with the ABMI and Boreal Avian Modelling Project (BAM), digs deeper into the story and provides insights from the long-term ABMI + BAM data set. A paper by Ken Rosenberg et al. in Science made headlines last [...]

An all-access pass to the unsung world of ABMI Access

There are many unsung contributors in the life of an ABMI data point. From the field technicians who collect it, to the taxonomists who identify it and the analysts, quality-controllers, and information managers who prepare it for release, it takes a village. But outside of the ABMI offices, the most unsung of all might be [...]

Exploring new ways to provide customized biodiversity information

The ABMI is fortunate to have a regular column in the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists’ Quarterly newsletter, BIOS. The following post is adapted from a piece that appeared in the newsletter’s summer issue. “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place.” When he wrote [...]

Beat the cold and be a winter wildlife detective with NatureLynx

Calling all wildlife detectives! With the frigid weather we’ve been having, you might think that most of Alberta’s critters would be hibernating. While this is true for some species, many stay active right through the deep freeze, going about their business just fine—all without the aid of down parkas, Sorel boots, or hot-pockets. Winter is [...]