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 [...]

Exploring the effects of landscape and climate change on White-tailed Deer—and what they might mean for Caribou

This article first appeared in the winter 2021 issue of BIOS, the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists’ quarterly newsletter, as part of the ABMI’s regular feature. White-tailed deer would rather not have a white Christmas. Or new years. Or any time, really. That’s according to a new paper from the ABMI’s Caribou Monitoring Unit (CMU), [...]

Happy holidays from the ABMI!

As a challenging year draws to a close, we hope the holiday season brings you peace, a moment to recharge, and the glow of brighter times ahead. We at the ABMI look forward to working with you again in 2021, and to continuing to help tell the story of Alberta’s amazing biodiversity. Take care of [...]

Announcing the results of the “What Does Biodiversity Mean to You?” essay contest

Earlier this year, Alberta Views magazine partnered with the ABMI on the What Does Biodiversity Mean to You? essay contest. We were delighted to receive entries from writers of all ages and backgrounds from across our province, and were inspired to read about the many ways biodiversity matters to Albertans. The staff of Alberta Views [...]

Made in Alberta models help continental bird conservation

A new collaborative paper looks at different approaches to estimating population size for birds, and what they mean for how we understand population changes over time. In this guest post, the paper’s lead author and ABMI senior statistical ecologist Péter Sólymos gives us a behind-the-scenes tour. Recently, I worked with a team of researchers from [...]

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, [...]