Version 3 of the ABMI Species Website released

October 20, 2015 Etc ABMI video

Information on spatial distribution, habitat associations, responses to human footprint, and predicted relative abundance distributions for 2285 species in Alberta by the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI) at

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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