Wildlife Loadforms

Collecting and Submitting Wildlife Data

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The information you collect is an important contribution to the knowledge base for fisheries and wildlife management.

Collected data are to be entered into a FWMIS loadform (Microsoft Excel workbook) according to the type of survey.

How to Complete and Submit FWMIS Loadforms

  1. Review the FWMIS Data Submission Guide for information and tips for using the FWMIS loadforms.
  2. Email completed FWMIS loadforms to the Fish and Wildlife representative responsible for the area of r data collection. For an area contact map, see:

FWMIS Wildlife Loadforms

Please download a new loadform for every new submission as the loadforms are continually being updated. You will also avoid problems like corrupting the worksheets by copying over old data or unintentionally submitting already previously submitted data.

FWMIS also stores images and documents which provides context and enhances the data collected.

Several changes were made to the Sept 2016 version of the loadform. A brief summary of the major changes can be found here:

Accommodates aerial survey data conducted from both fixed wing and/or rotary aircraft.
Accommodates ungulate aerial survey data conducted from both fixed wing and/or rotary aircraft. Used primarily by government organizations to inventory ungulate populations for establishing regulatory harvest targets.
For wildlife surveys associated with pre-construction, well sites, pipelines, etc. Area searches constitute generic searches for species that are encountered within a finite survey area. There are no specific target species and all species or signs of wildlife incidentally encountered are recorded.
For wildlife surveys associated with the oilsands. Typically consists of general area searches for species found and observed. There are no specific target species and all species or signs of wildlife incidentally encountered are recorded.
For grizzly bear and black bear surveys when physical tags (collars, ear tags, tattoos, transmitters, etc.) are used. Unlike Telemetry methods, active efforts to relocate tags are not accounted for.
Specific to grizzly bears and black bears, this loadform accommodates observations collected from random encounters.
Accommodates wildlife movement data collected utilizing both GPS and/or VHF (radio) and/or PTT relocation devices, specific for grizzly bears and black bears.
For surveying wildlife populations primarily during breeding seasons. Typically relies upon species that are readily 'countable' as a result of conspicuity or concentration.
For surveying species that are particularly secretive and are often difficult to observe. The use of electronically recorded calls can prompt a visual or auditory response from some species.
For bat surveys where high frequency audio detectors were used.
For surveys when physical tags (bands, collars, etc.) are used, for example, bird banding. Unlike telemetry methods, active efforts to relocate tags are not accounted for with this loadform. For telemetry related surveys, please use the ‘FWMIS Telemetry Survey Loadform’.
Mistnetting employs the use of thin strand mesh to create a net of minimal visibility. This light duty net is used primarily for the capture of smaller fauna.
Point Count surveys rely on pre-established survey locations (stations). The locations are objectively selected to ensure equal habitat sampling and are often monitored for equal time periods to ensure unbiased efforts.

Accomodates observations collected under a non-structured methodology, or by ‘chance'. The observations are often collected with no adherence to time or area limitations.

Examples of random observation surveys are backyard birders and naturalists with a keen interest in local fauna. Conversely, incidental observations are secondary observations collected in association with a primary survey and should be included with the primary survey.

Accommodates surveys detecting species presence and/or relative abundance with the use of remote cameras.
Accommodates species sample data collected by museums, universities and other researchers for anatomical or taxonomic studies.
Accommodates wildlife movement data collected using GPS and/or VHF (radio) relocation devices.
Accommodates surveys assessing species presence and or relative abundance based on wildlife tracks.
Accommodates pre and post construction surveys associated with windfarm developments.

If your survey type does not fit the methodologies listed above, obtain an appropriate FWMIS loadform by email:


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Updated: Jan 8, 2018