“The ABMI can be a voice for tracking the change in wildlife and biodiversity across the province and report in a very trusted manner to the people who are making the decisions, including the people in the province of Alberta.” -- Jim Herbers, ABMI
The ABMI provides value-neutral, scientific and freely available information for all Albertans.
The ABMI is passionate about delivering the best quality biodiversity reports and information about Alberta’s wildlife and habitats. This information is critical for understanding how our province and biodiversity is changing. To this end, we strive to ensure that our information and data is accessible and relevant to the challenges that managers and decision-makers in this province face on both macro and micro scales. Our information is used by a wide variety of people who care about the future of our landbase ranging from industry, government, environmental groups, researchers and the general public.
Education and bioliteracy are a driving force behind many of our activities. Our goal is to create and support a more informed public so that we can engage in meaningful dialogue.
Through the ABMI's Information Centre, we facilitate ABMI’s activities in communication and outreach, data management and land access.
Communications & Outreach
The ABMI works closely with a wide range of stakeholders and Indigenous Communities to consistently understand their changing needs. Our stakeholders include industry, resource managers, government, landowners, scientific researchers, the media, and Alberta's public; and we actively engage and collaborate with First Nations and Métis communities.
The ABMI puts great value on face-to-face communications and connecting with Albertans whether it is at the Cattle trail at the Calgary Stampede, through targeted meetings or media interviews.
Our website allows people to get access to who we are and what kind of information products we have in an online environment.
The ABMI connects to the community through our:
The ABMI Report Series: The Status of Biodiversity in Alberta
The ABMI regularly develops and releases reports on the status or health of biodiversity in different regions across the province. Reports can be on specific areas such as the oil sands region, land use planning regions, natural regions, groups of species and human footprint in the province.
Reports are developed through consultation with the environmental community, industry and government. Our goal is to maintain our value neutral and relevant reports that will serve the community. Reports are centered on the ABMI’s Intactness Index and include a combination of base statistics, data analysis and summaries.
To view our latest reports, please see publications.
The ABMI produces species level data that represents biodiversity in Alberta from border to border. We also produce detailed human footprint information. ABMI data is freely available to anyone who wants to access it. ABMI data has multiple uses for our stakeholders - whether it’s helping to answer questions from the research community, the management community or the general public, and can benefit everybody in this province and beyond.
The ABMI implements rigorous quality control and sound data management to ensure data integrity. The ABMI develops custom software and uses field computers to facilitate the smooth and efficient transfer of data from the field directly into our databases.
The ABMI receives data from field surveys, taxonomic data, human footprint and habitat information.
- Field surveys include data on trees, plants, mammals, birds and water chemistry.
- Taxonomic data includes information on aquatic invertebrates, bryophytes, lichen, and mites.
- Provincial human footprint and habitat data come primarily from GIS layers and remotely sensed imagery.
The ABMI partners with land owners and managers across the province in order to better understand the changing landscape and to secure access to sites so that our field crews can survey biodiversity.
Please go to our section on land access for more information.
More questions? Feel free to contact:
Director – Information Centre