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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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The Science in Saving the Massasauga Rattlesnake


This exclusive screening was produced by Ryan Mariotti and Mariotti Visuals, for more great videos visit Ontario Nature’s YouTube channel.

Reflecting back on 2015

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Reflecting back
As 2015 draws to a close, we’re reflecting on 12 key things that we have accomplished for nature this past year. Thank you to all of our friends, followers, members, funders and sponsors. Without your support, we could not protect Ontario’s wild species and wild spaces.

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The pursuit of rattlesnakes

Jenna and Kirstin at the Petrel Point Nature Reserve

Jenna and Kirstin at the Petrel Point Nature Reserve

This summer, my team and I met with landowners, cottagers and visitors on the Bruce to dispel myths about the maligned Massasauga rattlesnake. We didn’t expect people to fall in love with rattlers, but we hoped they would come to appreciate and help protect them. After all, rattlers are as much a part of the Bruce as the limestone cliffs, sandy beaches and wild orchids.

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