Last weekend of Ontario Nature’s competitive BioBlitz series

Ontario Nature is hosting a competitive BioBlitz series! Search for reptiles and amphibians across Ontario with the goal of adding new observations to the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas. Contribute new data to blank squares, or update historic squares (red) to help us better understand the distribution of these cryptic species!

What’s in it for you? Submit your observations to earn points, win prizes, and contribute to an important conservation initiative!

The event takes place over three weekends to maximize the diversity of species detected:

  • May 19, 20, 21
  • May 25, 26, 27
  • June 16, 17, 18

Guided hikes will be held at several locations across Ontario on June 16, 2018:

  1. Second Marsh, Oshawa. Saturday, June 16th at 2:00 PM. Meeting location TBD.
  2. McNiven River Rd, Campbellville. Saturday, June 16th at 9:00 AM. Clickherefor information about the hike meeting location.
  3. South Drumlin Nature Area, Peterborough. Saturday, June 16th at 12:00 PM. Clickherefor infomration about the hike meeting location.

Any aspiring or experienced citizen scientists are invited to participate! Search for reptiles and amphibians on your own, with friends, or join a guided hike. Guided hikes will be hosted at select locations across the province. Experts will teach you how to find and identify reptiles and amphibians, and about their role in Ontario ecosystems. Register for a guided hike in advance, spaces are limited.

To participate, follow the three steps listed below:

  1. Download the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas mobile app and create an account.
  2. Use the interactive maps in the app or on our website to find locations to look for reptiles and amphibians.
  3. Submit your sightings to earn prizes!

Prizes will be awarded to teams or individuals with the most points collected over the three weekends. If you are interested in creating your own team please contact atlas@ontarionature.orgfor more information. You can earn extra points by submitting data on priority species. Priority species include the Eastern Hog-nosed Snake & Northern Two-lined Salamander.

Only one observation of a species, per person, per square, will earn points. This does not apply to priority species – we want you to submit as many records of them as you can!

Prizes include a tour of Scales Nature Park, field guides and Ontario Nature turtle tower t-shirts. Winners will be notified by July 20th, 2018.

Points will be awarded based on the following system:

– 5 points for each species

– 10 points for a priority species

  • An observation in a historic (red) square:

– 3 points for each species

– 6 points for a priority species

– 1 points for each species

– 3 points for a priority species

Remember while participating to please take the following legal and ethical guidelines into consideration:

  1. Do not trespass
  2. Do not trample vegetation to find or photograph animals
  3. Submit each individual animal once. Do not handle or harass, or publically share locations of, Species at Risk.

These events have been generously supported by:

Biodiversity Education and Awareness Network (BEAN) and Blazing Star Environmental