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Sun’s out, apps out: Participate in our Digital Bioblitz!

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:

  • Download the new atlas app (If you click the link on your mobile or tablet, you’ll be directed to the atlas app for your device. If you are on a desktop, you will be directed to the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas online form.)
  • Look for reptiles and amphibians in your backyard and beyond.
  • Snap a picture and submit your sighting using the app to help us reach our goal of 6,000 submissions by August 31st!

You can track the progress towards our goal by checking out the thermometer on the atlas page.

To celebrate, we will be giving away Ontario Nature turtle tower t-shirts, drawing a random winner at the 4,500 and 6,000 submissions mark. We will notify winners by email.

Your data make a difference. By submitting your sightings you’re helping to increase our collective knowledge about Ontario’s reptiles and amphibians.

Let the Digital BioBlitz begin and happy herping!

– The Ontario Nature Team


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  1. Sharon Mohr

    I currently report sightings to Toronto Zoo’s Turtle Tally. Do you share this data or do you expect users to report to both orgs?

    • Jeff Hathaway

      Sharon, both organizations share data, ultimately with the MNRF. You can report to one, or both. However, the ORAA app is an easier reporting tool, and covers all reptiles and amphibians in the province.

  2. Wendy Smith

    I can’t find where to report a dead snapping turtle (near Fermoy, On) which was obviously run over deliberately. Also, my grand daughter caught a Map turtle while at the Foley Mountain Nature camp. It was a baby according to her, and the counsellors were quite impressed since they had not seen one.

  3. Tanya at Ontario Nature

    Tanya at Ontario Nature

    HI Sharonville, we do share get Turtle Tally! If you feel comfortable with the program keep reporting turtles there. We can take the snakes, salamanders and frog sightings

  4. Tanya at Ontario Nature

    Tanya at Ontario Nature

    Hi Wendy you can report this sort of sighting in the app. It even has a field for road sightings…

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