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Citizen Science

Citizens helping to increase our collective knowledge of wildlife across the province.

Salamander reporting on atlas app © Noah Cole

About

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.

Mink frog © Scott Gillingwater

What We Are Doing

Species Listing of Reptiles and Amphibians
A field guide for Ontario

Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas App
Submit your sightings today

Interactive Maps of Reptiles and Amphibians
Map of all known ranges in Ontario

Directory of Ontario Citizen Science
Connecting great volunteers with great projects

© Leslie Bol

Take Action

“75 percent of Ontario’s reptile species are considered at risk. Stay informed about key issues facing reptiles, along with other important conservation news, by subscribing to our atlas newsletter.” – Emma Horrigan

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Impact

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 atlas not only captures this knowledge, but grows a community of people dedicated to the conservation of reptiles and amphibians in Ontario.”

– Jessica Ferguson, Ontario Nature Conservation Science Technician

Spotted Turtle © Joe Crowley

Get Involved

  • 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.
Reporting a snapping turtle © Jory Mullen

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