ABMI Species Website launched

December 20, 2014 Etc ABMI video

Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI) monitors species and their habitats to understand distribution of biodiversity and to inform sustainable resource development and biological conservation in Alberta. The species website can be accessed at http://species.abmi.ca.

Watch this video for an explanation of modeling and data behind the results:

08_Dr. Peter Solymos & Dr. Erin Bayne - Applying Remote Sensing-Based Land Cover to Biodiversity Assessments from ABMI on Vimeo.

Statistical computing meets biodiversity conservation and natural resource management

How many birds are out there?

In a recent paper entitled “Lessons learned from comparing spatially explicit models and the Partners in Flight approach to estimate population sizes of boreal birds in Alberta, Canada” we developed improved, spatially explicit models for 81 land bird species in northern Alberta, Canada. We then compared these estimates of bird abundance to a commonly-used but non-spatially explicit estimate by Partners in Flight (PIF v 3.0) that’s based on the North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) data set. The publication is a result of years of collaboration between the ABMI, Boreal Avian Modelling (BAM) project, Canadian Wildlife Service (Environment and Climate Change Canada), and United States Geological Survey.

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