ALG members are involved in several inventories of Alberta provincial parks and protected areas. Resulting species lists are used by Parks personnel in resource management planning. Most of these Lepidoptera surveys are undertaken by individual ALG members, with assistance provided by other ALG members; others are part of broader inventory efforts which ALG is officially involved in. To date, surveys have been carried out in the following areas:
Put together by Alberta Community Development’s Parks and Protected Areas Division, this is a multi-year survey of protected areas in the Boreal Shield ecoregion in extreme northeastern Alberta. From 2000 to 2002, teams of biologists have gone to remote sites in the Canadian Shield Ecoregion to gather information on animals and plants. The provincial government provided logistics, transportation, and a fully equipped field camp for the mostly volunteer biologists. ALG has been heavily involved in this project, with members going on collecting trips, curating and identifying specimens, and writing reports. The resulting information is used by regional land managers as well as the Alberta Natural Heritage Information Centre, which tracks rare and endangered species.
In 2000, the study area consisted of the Richardson Dunes Wildland Park, Maybelle River Wildland Park, and Marguerite Crag & Tail Wildland Park, all on the south side of Lake Athabasca. ALG members Andrew Mitchell, Greg Pohl, and Chris Schmidt went on the June 11-15 expedition, and Dave Lawrie and Doug Macaulay went on the August 21-26 expedition. A total of 167 species in 24 families were collected in the area.
In 2001, the survey sampled La Butte Creek Wildland Provincial Park on the Slave River east of Wood Buffalo National Park, and Fidler-Greywillow Wildland Provincial Park on the north shore of Lake Athabasca. Rob Hughes and Wayne Nordstrom took part in the first trip (June 6-17); Doug Macaulay, Greg Pohl, and Amanda Roe (July 5-11) and Dave Lawrie and Vanessa Block (July 17-25) took part in the second trip. A total of 295 species in 30 families were collected in the two parks.
» La Butte/Fidler-Greywillow Report 2001 (PDF)
» La Butte/Fidler-Greywillow Report 2001 Appendix 1 (PDF)
» La Butte/Fidler-Greywillow Report 2001 Appendix 2 (PDF)
» La Butte/Fidler-Greywillow Report 2001 Corrections (PDF)
In 2002, the project surveyed Colin-Cornwall Wildland Park, north of Lake Athabasca. Doug Macaulay and Wayne Nordstrom took part in the early trip (June 5-14); Gerry Hilchie collected on the later trip (July 4-18). The second trip ended several days early, due to safety concerns from nearby forest fires. Nevertheless, a number of Lepidoptera were collected, and a report will be written and submitted to the provincial government.
» Colin Cornwall Report 2002 (PDF)
» Colin Cornwall Report 2002 Appendix 1 (PDF)
» Colin Cornwall Report 2002 Appendix 2 (PDF)
» Colin Cornwall Report 2002 Appendix 3 (PDF)
» Colin Cornwall Report 2002 Corrections (PDF)
This project is a continuation of the Boreal Shield survey work, in other remote areas in northern Alberta. Logistics have been provided by the Alberta government; ALG members have been heavily involved in collecting, identifying, and writing the subsequent reports.
In 2003, the Caribou Mountains Provincial Wildland Park, to the west of Wood Buffalo National Park, was surveyed. This remote region is primarily underlaid by permafrost, and contains many unique habitats. Gary Anweiler, Greg Pohl, and Chris Schmidt took part in the June trip, and Sherri Dunne, Gerry Hilchie, and Doug Macaulay took part in the July trip.
In 2004, the Birch Mountains Wildland Provincial Park northwest of Fort McMurray was surveyed. Survey work was carried out primarily by Gerald and Jim Hilchie, and Doug and Stacy Macaulay. Like the Caribou Mountains, this area contains extensive areas of permafrost. However, initial results suggest that most of the region is not truly subarctic, but rather high boreal mixedwood.
» Birch Mountains Report 2005 (PDF)
The ALG established a research bursary in 2004 to make funds available to individuals for research on Alberta Lepidoptera. There are many avenues for professional entomologists and students to pursue resources; this bursary is intended to support research NOT being conducted by a public agency, private corporation, or as part of a formal education. Amateurs are a major part of our membership, and they often have vast knowledge and a strong desire to contribute, but few opportunities for funding. The ALG is attempting to help fill that need with this bursary. Awards from the bursary are intended for amateurs. People who are students or employed as professional entomologists may also apply for funds, as long as the proposed research is completely separate from their education and/or employment activities. The following projects have been funded to date:
Besides the above natural areas surveys, ALG members are also conducting extensive surveys in the following unprotected areas: