Have you spotted a reptile or amphibian? Now you can report your sightings 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.
The app includes several new features, including a field guide for the 48 species of reptiles and amphibians found in Ontario. To help identify sightings, the field guide includes a colour photo gallery, interactive range maps and detailed descriptions for each species. Call recordings are also available for frogs and toads.
Sightings from anywhere in Ontario can be submitted in less than 30 seconds using the app on your smartphone or mobile device.
New features of the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas app:
Geo-tagged photos are recognized in the submission form and automatically upload your location into the observation form so you don’t have to fill it out manually.
In addition to uploading photos with each submission, larger files such as audio and video recordings can also be included with your sightings.
Participants can view a list of their submissions to the atlas, and see when they have been verified and accepted into the database by expert herpetologists.
If you’re in an area without reception, observations can be recorded offline when in the field, and submitted when convenient.
Dynamic maps can be viewed for each species, allowing users to see when a particular species was last recorded in an area.
Participants can also click on individual squares to see the last year a record was submitted.
Download the app today and become a citizen scientist!
Note: If you click the button above 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 where you will also be able to submit your sightings.)
If you have the previous version of the app, make sure to download the updated version by clicking the button above to access all the new features.
Learn more about the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas and how your sightings are helping to inform conservation science.
All illustrations are provided courtesy of the Toronto Zoo.
The app is available for the iPhone and other Apple devices through the iTunes store for free. Note: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 6s, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Optimized for iPhone 5.
A version for Android devices is available free of charge on the Google Play store. Note: Requires Android OS version 2.3 or higher. Limited to devices with resolutions of 480×800 pixels, 1280×720 pixels or 1920×1080 pixels.
If you have any questions or difficulties related to the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas app, please email email@example.com.
Smera Sukumar is Ontario Nature’s conservation science assistant.