Element Occurrence Data Updated to October 2014
Any previous occurrence files (dated May 2014) are now outdated and should no longer be used. New files for occurrences must be downloaded or searched using the Search ACIMS Data Map. Occurrence data are updated regularly so ensure you're using the latest ACIMS files for every search.
When submitting data to ACIMS please use the new data submission forms for plants, lichen and fungi to enable the efficient capture and storage of submitted data. The new data submission form contains fields similar to the previous form, plus a few new fields. Use the subject line 'Data Submission' and send any additional information, such as shapefiles, maps, photos, reports, etc along with the data submission form as attachments. A Help Guide is available
The National General Status project has contracted specialists across the disciplines to develop or update element lists for each province and territory, then to propose ranks using NatureServe ranking methodology. This is an ambitious project. It include all species groups in ACIMS (not including ecological communities) plus some new groups, such as grasshoppers. Some groups, such as bryophytes, have not had a group-wide review since the 1990s. No group in ACIMS has been systematically ranked using the NatureServe Rank Calculator
There are over 10,000 species element records that are being reviewed and added to (or updated in) ACIMS. In the past, ACIMS has used ad hoc committees to discuss the ranks and tracking lists, group by group. With so many records, and short timelines, our approach for the General Status project needs to be different. ACIMS will review and, after any questions are resolved, accept the recommendations from the specialist.
What does this mean for ACIMS?
We will post a fully updated element list and tracking list, group by group, as each review is completed. I fully expect that there will be some ranks that will need further adjustment, and hope that you will feel free to send in your comments as you see things that need additional work. This is a huge opportunity to have a complete review - that we can then tweak as needed.
ACIMS is a data centre that provides biodiversity information on Alberta's species, natural ecological communities and sites. Information about the location, condition, status and trends of selected elements is collected, updated, analyzed and disseminated.