Keeping an eye on the health of national parks is known as Ecological Integrity Monitoring. Imagine flying in a helicopter to count animals, pouring over data gathered by satellites in space, or recording bird calls in the early morning! Ecological Integrity Monitoring is all that and more.

Prince Albert National Park is home to 3,875 square kilometers of protected wildlife area. Human activity, invasive species, and other challenges put pressure on the park and disrupt natural processes. Ecological integrity monitoring is essential to understanding the effect these pressures have on the health of forest, grassland and freshwater ecosystems within Prince Albert National Park.

Ecological integrity monitoring ensures that all components of park ecosystems are intact and functioning normally. Data is used to determine the overall health of the park and if human intervention is required to manage and restore damaged systems.

Forests
The transitional forests found in Prince Albert National Park are vital to supporting species diversity.

Grasslands
Grasslands are an important part of Prince Albert National Park’s transitional landscape.


Freshwater
Freshwater systems are essential to sustaining the incredible diversity of flora and fauna in Prince Albert National Park.