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VIDEO: A Day in the Life of an ABMI Terrestrial Crew

Finally, “A Day in the Life of an ABMI Terrestrial Crew” is online.  It shows  a typical day monitoring in southern Alberta with some examples of biodiversity we found in the field. (Here is a link to a slideshow/video:  https://vimeo.com/49414801 password:abmi1234) Note: we weren’t able to identify all of the plants, if anyone knows the identity [...]

Summer Processing of Specimens

UofA and the Royal Alberta Museum were hotbeds of activity again this year as taxonomic staff from the RAM (ABMI’s Processing Centre) and our summer monitoring field crews came together to clean, sort and identify thousands of specimens found in the field. At the UofA, the monitoring crews were divided into three labs: invertebrates, lichens and [...]

Successful Monitoring Season Finishes & Get Ready, Set, Process Specimens!

A huge congratulations to everyone at the Monitoring Centre for successfully completing wetland and terrestrial monitoring for the summer season 2012! Field season wrapped up on Friday July 27th, and despite a wide variety of challenges throughout the season, field staff were able to complete inventories at over 150 sites from across the province. They [...]

VIDEO: A Day in the Life of an ABMI Wetland Crew

What is it like to monitor a wetland in southern Alberta? What do wetland monitoring crews actually do? What do the different protocols look like in action? In an attempt to answer these and other burning questions, our Information Coordinator, Jill Smith and our Communications Coordinator, Sonya Poller visited Ciara Sharpe and Emily Jansen, one [...]

Field Season Off to a Good Start

Our summer field staff have arrived and completed their first two shifts.  Both safety training and the establishment shift are over and we are heading into Spring Protocol Training. Both SOP and establishment went well with northern crews establishing terrestrial sites and southern crews completing wetland verification.  Crews had a chance to get their feet [...]

Preparation for Field Season 2012

We are currently making our last-minute preparations for the 2012 field season!  This year we have two field bases, one in Brooks and the other at Meanook Biological Research Station (MBRS) near Athabasca.  Our  new staff starts on April 30th at MBRS and May 1st in Brooks.  This year we have a total of 46 [...]