Biodiversity

Biodiversity is defined as the variety of life on Earth at all levels, from genes to ecosystems. Alberta is home to over 80,000 species – from mites to moose and chickadees to conifer trees. These species and their habitats make up Alberta’s biodiversity.

To understand how and why species and habitats are changing, biodiversity is tracked throughout the province. Learn more about the work the province is doing around biodiversity by scrolling through the content below, or visit the Biodiversity Program Page.

Land use, climate change and ecological responses in the Upper North Saskatchewan and Red Deer River Basins: A scientific assessment

Land use, climate change and ecological responses in the Upper North Saskatchewan and Red Deer River Basins: A scientific assessment   Dan Farr, Colleen Mortimer, Faye Wyatt, Andrew Braid, Charlie Loewen, Craig Emmerton, Simon Slater       The Eastern Slopes of Canada’s Rocky Mountains have been managed for headwater protection, natural resource production, recreation, […]

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Linear Disturbances in the Livingstone-Porcupine Hills of Alberta: Review of Potential Ecological Responses

Linear Disturbances in the Livingstone-Porcupine Hills of Alberta: Review of Potential Ecological Responses Dan Farr, Andrew Braid, and Simon Slater       A considerable body of information is available in the scientific literature to evaluate potential ecological responses to linear disturbances in the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. Drawing from a previous assessment […]

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Castle Region Scientific Assessment and Synthesis

Ecological Response to Human Activities in Southwestern Alberta: Scientific Assessment and Synthesis   D. Farr, A. Braid, A. Janz, B. Sarchuk, S. Slater, A. Sztaba, D. Barrett, G. Stenhouse, A. Morehouse, and M. Wheatley       This report summarizes the scientific evidence for ecological responses of soil, vegetation, hydrology, and wildlife to human activities […]

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A new study shows warmer temperatures are affecting lakes in the oil sands region

KINGSTON – A recent collaborative research project between scientists from academia and government agencies has identified climate warming as the dominant driver of an increase in algal growth in the Athabasca oilsands region of northern Alberta. Researchers used dated lake sediment cores to reconstruct past algal production and industrial impact at 23 remote, helicopter-accessed lakes […]

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Oil Sands Monitoring Community Report

You have questions about the environment in the oil sands region…and we’re working to find the answers.   Find out how we’re monitoring in the oil sands region, the questions we’re asking, and the answers we’re getting…visit www.osmreport.ca.  

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Did you know….

… these five interesting facts about peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus)? Peregrine falcons are the fastest animals on earth. One falcon who was trained to follow human skydivers reached a top speed of 389 km/ hr during a dive. They have the largest natural distribution of any bird – rivalled only by barn owls, ravens and […]

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Keeping Invasive Mussels Out of Alberta, One Boat at a Time

Zebra and quagga mussels attach to any hard surface and grow like a carpet. They colonize dams and irrigation systems and are a significant physical nuisance for infrastructure. We have over seven thousand kilometers of irrigation canals and pipe in Alberta, all of which could be damaged by an infestation of zebra mussels. Quagga mussels […]

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Did you know….

…these five interesting facts about Limber Pine (Pinus flexilis)? They have needles that come out in bunches of five. They tend to be stumpy and twisted, due to their ability to withstand considerable bending. As a result, they often do well in avalanche paths. Their flexibility is the reason for their name –  Pinus flexilis. […]

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TRENDING NOW: Scientist Lends Expertise to Manage Triathlon’s Blue-Green Algae (Cyanobacteria) Problem

Ron is playing a key role in dealing with the cyanobacteria issue at Hawrelak Park Lake. Cyanobacteria poses risks to human health in large quantities and when Alberta Health Services (AHS) declared a blue-green algae health risk advisory for the lake in the weeks leading up to the ITU World Triathlon Edmonton, where the swimming […]

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Benthic Macroinvertebrate Project

“Benthic monitoring has been done for years in Alberta. It is a core activity and a well-established methodology, both nationally and a part of major international monitoring’, says Fred Wrona, Chief Scientist with the Environmental Monitoring and Science Division (EMSD) (formerly AEMERA) of Alberta Environment and Parks. “EMSD adopted the approach but tailored it specifically to […]

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