The wildlife sensitive feature layers that AEP uses are derived from

  • Aerial Surveys
  • Historical Information
  • Movements of Collared Animals (Telemetry)
  • Specific Habitat Types

These range delineations are based on all available scientifically-derived information.

Key Features

These wildlife feature layers provide industrial operators, government departments and the general public with the best information currently available on the extent of wildlife sensitivities.

These layers are also available through the Landscape Analysis Tool used by the Government of Alberta. Specific operating conditions apply to industrial activities within these sensitive feature layers to help mitigate the effects of development on wildlife populations and habitat.

Wildlife Sensitivity Data Sets

Spatial Data Layer Formats

Provincial Wildlife Sensitive feature spatial data layers are available in GIS-usable format that require GIS software such as ESRI® ArcGIS and are provided in the following WinZip files for each sensitivity layer.

Non-GIS users can access the tabular data by opening the *.dbf tables files in spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Excel. These files are represented in the GCS North American 1983 Geographic Coordinate System.

In most cases, each wildlife sensitivity layer has been developed as a single shapefile layer (ESRI Arc Map/ArcView Shapefile - .dbf, .prj, .shp, .shx, .sbn, .sbx, .xml). However, in other cases, a wildlife sensitivity may be represented by 2 or more layers.

Metadata has been compiled and embedded within each shapefile, however non-GIS users may access the metadata by opening the *.xml files using Microsoft Internet Explorer. These data layers have been endorsed by the department as representing the wildlife sensitivity layers.

November 22, 2018 – Data Layer Updates

Key Range Layers were updated for the following files:

  • Greater Short-horned Lizard Range replaces Eastern Short-horned Lizard Range due to taxonomic name change

NEW layers added:

  • "Ord's Kangaroo Rat Habitat" and "Greater Short-horned Lizard Habitat" were added to provide information about where key habitats exist within their respective range.
  • "Federal Aquatic Critical Habitat" was added to provide awareness to the presence of federally identified and protected aquatic critical habitat.

Science support documents for these newly added Layers is below the link for the respective Range map. Science support documents for the existing layers will be added as they are developed.

For all other Key Range and Wildlife Layers, minor edits to metadata were made but layers were not changed.

Key Range Layers

Layers based on known extent or partial extent of a species range in Alberta. These ranges can assist with surveys for identification of a feature, or identify where mitigation strategies are to be applied.

Key Wildlife Layers

These maps identify the locations of key wildlife areas important for the viability and productivity of Alberta's wildlife populations. Mitigation strategies are generally applicable to maintain the intent of these important areas.

For more information on any of these layers, please contact:

Federal Aquatic Critical Habitat

This identifies Critical Habitat protected under Canada's Rocky Mountain Sculpin (Cottus sp.) Eastslope Populations Order.

Proponents and Disposition Holders should contact Fisheries and Oceans Canada in relation to the application of the Species at Risk Act (Canada) and, specifically to the Critical Habitat of the Rocky Mountain Sculpin (Cottus sp.) Eastslope Populations Order.

Fisheries Protection Program
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
867 Lakeshore Road
Burlington, Ontario L7S 1A1
Telephone: 1-855-852-8320
Email: FisheriesProtection@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

For additional information, visit the Fisheries and Oceans Canada website at:

Also visit the Government of Canada website at:

Federal Emergency Order

This identifies the area under Federal Emergency Orders in Alberta. Presently, the only Federal Emergency Order identified is the Federal Emergency Order for the Protection of the Grater Sage-Grouse. To obtain more information on the Species at Risk Act (Canada) and the prohibitions set out in the Emergency Order for the Protection of the Greater Sage-Grouse, individuals can contact:

Canadian Wildlife Service
Environmental Stewardship Branch
Prairie and Northern Region
Environment Canada
Eastgate Offices
9250 – 49th Street
Edmonton, Alberta T6B 1K5
Telephone: 1-855-245-0331 (toll free)
Email: SARA.PNR@ec.gc.ca
Web address: sararegistry.gc.ca