Rare Animals Pilot Projects: Summer Data Collection Wraps Up

The ABMI, the Ecological Monitoring Committee for the Lower Athabasca (EMCLA), the Bayne lab (Biological Sciences, U of A), and Bird Studies Canada have been running a pilot field project since March to test new protocols for monitoring specific rare species in the oil sands area. The focal species for this year’s work were the [...]

Prairie Conservation Forum Spring 2012

The ABMI is currently a member of the Prairie Conservation Forum (PCF)—a forum that brings together multiple organizations to foster discussion and engagement on southern conservation issues. The PCF meets three times a year and has members from a broad range of backgrounds, including government, NGO’s, and academia. The Forum generally has a day of [...]

Camera Pilot Project

The ABMI is currently exploring an exciting new way to monitor mammals throughout the province—camera trapping! Since the ABMI’s inception we have monitored mammals through winter tracking—walking a 10 km long transect near each ABMI site during appropriate snow conditions and identifying any snow tracks we encounter.

Kid’s Love Learning…& Biodiversity!

Another hand shot up, the little girl squirmed, stretched and strained to get the attention of Jim Herbers, who was giving classroom workshops to Kindergarten and Grade 2 students at Edmonton’s Holyrood Elementary School on May 31. Finally… relief. The little girl was chosen to answer Jim’s question: “Does anyone know what this is?”  Jim [...]

2012 Landholder’s Survey

Each year, the ABMI’s field surveys are undertaken with the cooperation of hundreds of different people from across the province. It takes months of work to find, contact and build relationship with all the necessary folks. Our current 2012 monitoring is operating with the participation of: -170 agricultural producers -9 industrial corporations -6 municipalities -2 First [...]

Newest Member in the Family – the senseFly swinglet CAM Unmanned Areal Vehicle (UAV)

While remote sensing is presently an activity that we think of as taking place primarily on large aircraft or spacecraft, recent happenings in The Foothills Facility for Remote Sensing and GIScience (F^3GISci; home of the ABMI Remote Sensing Group) offers a glimpse into the discipline’s future.

EMCLA Annual Report Released

The EMCLA released its first Annual Report on April 30th, 2012. This report provides an overview of the EMCLA’s activities for the calender year 2011, summarizing the accomplishments to date,  projects in 2011, and  finances. The report has been submitted to Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, as part of the EMCLA’s reporting requirements on [...]

ABMI Spring Owl Surveys

The ABMI, in collaboration with the Ecological Monitoring Committee for the Lower Athabasca (EMCLA), is testing new monitoring protocols for the oil sands region in northeastern Alberta.