General Status of Alberta Wild Species 2010

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Alberta has long enjoyed the legacy of abundant wild species. These same species are important environmental indicators. Their populations reflect the health and diversity of the environment.

Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) and Wildlife Conservation

Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) has designated the promotion of fish and wildlife conservation as one of its core business goals.

The status of wild species is one of the performance measures against which AEP determines the effectiveness of its policies and service delivery.

Determining General Status of Wild Species in Alberta

Central to achieving this goal is the accurate determination of the general status of wild species in the province. This exercise, which is conducted every five years, assists the provincial government in determining the need for, and direction of, sound management and habitat conservation programs.

In 1996 and 2000, the provincial government published reports on the general status of wild species in Alberta. In 2005 general status assessments were made available through an online searchable database; we are pleased to present the rankings for 2010 in the same manner.

Objectives, Species Assessed & Future Developments

The General Status of Alberta Wild Species 2010 uses a system for evaluating the general status of all wild species in Alberta—one that is identical to that used in the General Status of Alberta Wild Species 2000 and 2005. It is also identical to that used by other provinces and territories throughout Canada.

General status determination is the first step in a continuing process of evaluating and reporting on the biological status of Alberta’s wild species. Those species that "May Be At Risk" receive a detailed status assessment and will go on to receive much more detailed evaluation.

Objectives of the General Status

The general status exercise, and the resulting online database, is designed to achieve four objectives:

  • To provide information on, and raise awareness of, the current status of wild species in Alberta
  • To stimulate broad public input in more clearly defining the status of individual species
  • To produce a list of candidate species for more detailed status evaluations
  • To provide a reference for provincial government agencies in the development of wild species conservation and management programs

Species Assessed in the 2010 Edition

The 2010 edition of the General Status of Alberta Wild Species represents a substantial improvement in the knowledge base of wild species in Alberta.

Status assessments were prepared for 5235 species in the province, including:

  • Amphibians
  • Birds
  • Bivalves
  • Black flies
  • Bumblebees
  • Butterflies
  • Crayfish
  • Freshwater fish
  • Gastropods
  • Ground beetles
  • Horseflies
  • Ladybird beetles
  • Lichens
  • Macro moths
  • Mammals
  • Mosquitoes
  • Mosses
  • Odonates (dragonflies and damselflies)
  • Predaceous diving beetles
  • Reptiles
  • Spiders
  • Vascular plants

Future Developments for Species Status Evaluation

Alberta Environment and Parks will continue to evaluate the status of wild species on an ongoing basis. In the future, the general status of other species groups will be included. The status evaluation process may be refined and improved, but it will continue to be compatible with that used by other provinces and territories.

If all jurisdictions continue to use the same method of evaluation, it will be possible to compare status ranks among provinces and territories, and between years, to gain a national perspective of how well any particular species is doing.

Thank you for your interest in Alberta’s wild species.

 

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Updated Jun 12, 2015