The ABMI monitors biodiversity by sampling 1656 permanent sites distributed in a 20-km systematic grid across Alberta. At each site, the ABMI monitors three indicators of biodiversity: species, habitat, and human footprint. To monitor these indicators, the ABMI has developed the following protocols:
Terrestrial and wetland field protocols are implemented at each ABMI site location to record the species present, and measure a variety of habitat characteristics. Ultimately, the ABMI protocols are used to monitor the status and trends of more than 2,500 species, 200 habitat elements, and 40 human footprint and land cover variables.