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 [...]

Funky Mites and the Garden

They might look a little like aliens from a 1960s science fiction film, but soil mites are important, often overlooked and under-appreciated aspects of biodiversity. But the Royal Alberta Museum’s Dave Walter (Taxonomic Advisor / Acarologist) is out to change all of that. 

Trout Fodder

Our very own Rob Hinchliffe (Lab Supervisor/Aquatic Invertebrate Taxonomist) at the Royal Alberta Museum truly lives his work. As an avid fly fisherman, he knows the streams of Alberta… and most (if not all) of what lives in them. Lucky for us and other Albertans, he documents his experience in his blog Trout Fodder “Musings of [...]

Taking Bees for Granted: Bumble Bees in Decline

One of the basic principles underlying the ABMI is that one cannot know if species abundances are changing, if one does not know what they were to start with. For example, many readers of this blog may have heard of the worldwide decline of the Honey Bee (Apis mellifera), our agricultural pollinator mainstay. We have [...]

Remote Sensing Group Completes New Wall-to-Wall Land Cover Map

After months of hard work, the ABMI Remote Sensing Group is very pleased to announce the completion and release of the ABMI Wall-to-wall Land Cover Map version 2.1!  A long-awaited data product, the spatially exhaustive polygon vector layer represents land cover across Alberta circa 2000, uses 11 land cover classes, and contains roughly one million, [...]

Rare Plants Season Wrap Up

We’re wrapping up this year’s fieldwork on our Rare Plants project! It’s been a great summer – 150 plots were sampled (50m x 50m each) in July and August across the Lower Athabasca region. The project is a partnership between the ABMI, the EMCLA (Ecological Monitoring Committee for the Lower Athabasca), and the Neilsen Lab [...]

Deer, Deer Everywhere! Camera Trapping Update

  The ABMI’s camera-trapping project led by Ecologist Cole Burton continues to run well with masses of photos coming in. Check out the new gallery dedicated to some lovely shots taken with the camera traps. The project will continue until early fall. Watch this space for updates and more photos. Remember to cast your vote on [...]

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 [...]