Alberta Wildlife Status Reports

ACA and Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) produce Alberta Wildlife Status Reports for wild species that are believed to be declining in Alberta. These reports are the essential first step for a species to have its status assessed, and they play a key role in identifying Endangered and Threatened species that need legal protection and recovery actions to keep them from becoming extinct in Alberta. Each status report summarizes the information needed for assessing a species’ status—where it lives, the specific habitat it requires, its population size and whether it is stable/increasing/declining, factors preventing the species from thriving in Alberta, and what work has been done or is ongoing to manage the species in Alberta. A committee of Alberta-based scientists compares the information in each status report to internationally set thresholds (for population size, for example) and recommends a status for the species. Using international criteria and thresholds ensures the status assessment process is as unbiased as possible. The status recommended by the scientists is subsequently scrutinized by an Alberta-based multi-stakeholder committee (the Endangered Species Conservation Committee). Composed of land managers, academic institutions, conservation groups and industry, the committee provides its recommendation on a species’ status to the Minister of AEP. The ultimate decision on status designation (e.g., Endangered, Threatened) is made by the Minister. In 2014/15, we published three status reports (trumpeter swan update 2013, Canada warbler, brassy minnow), submitted one report (chestnut-collared longspur) for review to the status assessment committees, and edited drafts of two update reports (Arctic grayling update 2014, bison update 2014). ACA plays a key role in assessing the status of Alberta’s species at risk through our involvement with the Alberta Wildlife Status Report series.

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Annual Summaries

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Title Year Category
Alberta Wildlife Status Reports 2014-2015 2
Alberta Wildlife Status Reports 2015-2016 2
Alberta Wildlife Status Reports 2016-2017 2