The ABMI will not survey private or leased land until permission has been granted by the landholder, and keeps exact site locations strictly confidential.
How the ABMI Obtains Access to Land
Step 1: Contact
The process begins with a call from an ABMI Land Access Coordinator to the private landowner or leaseholder during the winter before the field season. Landholders receive an introduction to the ABMI’s monitoring program, and are invited to a face-to-face meeting with an Access Coordinator if they are interested in becoming a part of the monitoring program.
Step 2: Short Meeting
During the short meeting, the ABMI Access Coordinator shows landholders the area we hope to visit, explain data protocols, and go over any access instructions the landholder may have (e.g., preferred access routes to the survey location). Information about site access may also be communicated via mail, email or phone.
Step 3: Surveys
If permission to survey the site is granted, landowners can expect a team of two field technologists to access their land two to three times in the summer, once every five years.
Generally, wetland survey sites include a one-hour visit in June, and an eight-hour visit in July.
Land survey sites include an early morning, eight-hour visit in May or June, and a second eight-hour visit in June or July. At forested sites, field crews may make a preliminary visit in May to mark the site location with flagging tape to make future surveying visits easier, if allowed.
Field technologists always follow strict access rules. Landholders will be notified one week prior to our visits, and will have the opportunity to confirm or alter access instructions as necessary.
When accessing industry-related sites, the ABMI’s Land Access Coordinators will work with company safety officers to ensure our crews have the appropriate safety training, equipment and site orientation to meet all site-specific requirements.
Step 4: Information Package
After the survey has taken place, landholders will receive an information package describing the information collected at the site on their land. This includes a list of bird or plant species, as well as some habitat measurements such as soil or water depth. If the ABMI sets up a game camera on your land, you will also have access to these photos.
Step 5: Follow-up Surveys
To measure changes in biodiversity and human land use over time, the ABMI relies on re-accessing site locations once every five years. We will always seek permission before accessing land.