Citizen science is a term used to describe public participation in science. The number and types of citizen science projects across the province continues to grow and provides people of all ages and abilities with the opportunity to contribute to key nature conservation projects in their community.
Our Citizen Science Program relies on nature enthusiasts like you to help us better understand the wild species and wild spaces across the province.
Your observations of wild plants and animals help to identify and monitor populations, and track species distributions and spatial trends, over time. This knowledge strengthens our conservation efforts.
The data collected through our citizen science projects helps us answer important questions about wild species and their habitats.
“Citizen Science is an invaluable way to tap into the vast knowledge held by naturalists, and to gain insight into species on a both a micro and macro scale. The ORAA not only captures this knowledge, but grows a community of people dedicated to the conservation of herpetofauna in Ontario.”
– Jessica Ferguson, volunteer
- Directory of Ontario Citizen Science: Find a project suited to your abilities and interests. Projects focus on birds, bats, turtles, fish and much more.
- Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas: Submit your sightings of snakes, turtles, salamanders, frogs and lizards.
- Backyard Surveys: Do you hear frogs calling in a nearby wetland or see salamanders and their vernal pool habitats in your woodlot? Learn how you can help track these species and their habitats throughout the province, and citizen science projects throughout Ontario.