As a first step to documenting biodiversity in Alberta, ACIMS endeavors to list all elements reported for the province. This is a big task, with new information constantly coming forward and changes in taxonomy being made as various element groups are studied and reviewed. Not all element groups are present and some are incomplete - this is an on-going project.
As an element is added, it is reviewed and given a conservation rank. Conservation ranks for ecological community elements and species elements are similar, but with some minor differences. Those elements that current data suggests may be rare are placed on a tracking or watch list. These lists serve as focus for data gathering and include the elements for which ACIMS actively collects location information. Details are pulled into the database and the associated GIS system. If, as data are assembled, an element proves to be more common than originally thought, it may be re-ranked and removed from the tracking or watch list.
To report an observation of a tracked or a watched element, go to submit data.
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