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Sun’s out, apps out: Our Digital Bioblitz starts today!

Whether your summer adventures are already underway or just on the horizon, we’re asking you to participate in our Digital BioBlitz – a new take on the traditional BioBlitz. We’re bringing people together from across Ontario to use our new atlas app to record more reptile and amphibian sightings.

Here’s how you can participate:

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Under the Canopy: Bioblitzing at the Sydenham River Nature Reserve

Over two kilometres of the Sydenham River winds through the Ontario Nature property; Credit: David Coulson

The Sydenham River Nature Reserve is Ontario Nature’s first riverine reserve. Acquired in December 2016, the property is located within the Carolinian Life Zone that stretches from Windsor to Toronto. It is an area that includes some of the most significant habitats and threatened plant and animal species in Ontario.

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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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