Alberta Biodiversity Festival
A shared commitment to provide Albertans with the knowledge, tools and inspiration to think, plan and act for Alberta’s fish, water, wildlife and ecosystems.
Wetlands are mesmerizing pockets of nature found across Alberta’s landscapes. The sounds, smells, and sights are unlike any other ecosystem.
Wetlands provide many ecological services and are integral to the health of Alberta. They cover approximately 21.7% of Alberta’s total area and are found primarily in the North of the province.
Northern leopard frog
Hidden wonders await in Alberta’s grasslands. This mixed-grass prairie ecosystem is found in the province’s most south-eastern corner. Grasslands are one of the most endangered ecosystem in the world, but are often overlooked due to their simple nature.
Over 75% of Alberta’s species at risk are found in the grassland biome, despite only 1.25% of the region being protected by parks or other legislated protected areas.
Half-moon hairstreak butterfly
Alberta’s enchanting network of coniferous trees weaves an intricate tale of nature’s resilience and vitality. The conifers intermingle with as a variety of deciduous species, wetlands, and waterways.
Stretching across a staggering 58% of the province’s, this majestic ecosystem is an irreplaceable cornerstone of Alberta’s natural heritage. They extend from Edmonton to the most Northern regions of the province. Approximately 15.4% of the Boreal Forest Natural Region is protected through parks or other protected areas.