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Your guide to the updated Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas app

Credit: Camille Tremblay Beaulieu

Credit: Camille Tremblay Beaulieu

Spring has sprung and wildlife is on the move. While exploring a natural area, you might find a snake crossing the trail, a turtle basking on a log, or frogs calling. Now you can report this sighting to the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas (ORAA) using our new and improved app! By harnessing the power of citizen science, you can increase the collective knowledge of herpetofauna to inform conservation science.

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A Mud-WHAT?: Searching for the Elusive Mudpuppy

ORAA Crowley Mudpuppy

“A Mud-WHAT?!”…This slightly confused inquiry is one that I often get when I talk about Ontario’s largest salamander, the mudpuppy (Necturus maculosus).

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Reflecting back on 2016

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Photo top left, credit: David Coulson; top/bottom right, credit: Diana Troya

As 2016 draws to a close, we’re thinking back to some of our major accomplishments for nature this past year. We could not have done it without our members, friends, followers, funders and sponsors. With your support, we continue to be Ontario’s leading organization protecting Ontario’s wild species and wild spaces.

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Birds galore at the St. Catharines Christmas Bird Count

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Peninsula Field Naturalists and this wordsmith volunteering at the 2016 St. Catharines Area Christmas Bird Count.

There are more than 100 Christmas Bird Counts in Ontario planned, of which more than 65 are affiliated with our Nature Network groups. This year, because of its diverse overwintering species and diverse habitat, I chose to volunteer and participate in the St. Catharines Area Christmas Bird Count, coordinated by members of the Peninsula Field Naturalists.

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Searching for Salamanders

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A participant takes a closer look at an American toadlet, Photo credit: Esperanza Salas

Last Saturday, twenty-nine people, ranging from long-time field naturalists to an eight-year-old amphibian enthusiast, gathered at Reilly Bird Nature Reserve near Deep River, Ontario in the hopes of spotting eastern red-backed or spotted salamanders.

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