Biologists use survey data to detect changes in population numbers, demographics, distribution and emergence. To detect changes, survey data should be collected in the same way year after year over a large spatial scale. Ontario Nature developed long-term monitoring protocols.
Snakes: Despite being much maligned, snakes play an important ecosystem role including pest control by predating rodents and ticks. They can also be hard to find – consequently data gaps exist for many species. Help us detect trends by participating in our Ontario snake long-term monitoring project.
Salamanders: Eastern red-backed salamanders are indicators of forest health and play an important role in the food web. Use our protocol to monitor the health of your woodlot.
Vernal pools: These small, ephemeral bodies of water are found in wooded areas that are vital for amphibian reproduction and development. Use our protocol to map these unique features and monitor changes over time.
For more information on how to implement our monitoring protocols, email firstname.lastname@example.org.