Calls to Action
If you’re interested in learning more about citizen science and the environment, or in getting involved by contributing data, these apps and websites will help get you started. There are many avenues to explore various aspects of the different indicators through these resources.
Citizen scientists water quality monitoring database.
The Forest Watcher mobile app brings forest monitoring into the field, regardless of connectivity. Monitor areas of interest, receive deforestation and fire alerts, navigate to a location to investigate and collect information on what you see.
This app allows birders to enter when, where, and how they went birding, and fill out a checklist of all the birds seen and heard during the outing. The data documents bird distribution, abundance, habitat use, and trends to help inform bird research worldwide.
This app allows you to report sites where there has been pollution, agricultural runoff, or other environmentally harmful events.
This app allows you to snap a picture or use existing photos from your camera roll to identify insects. Once identified, Picture Insect provides information on the invertebrate’s species status and unique set of characteristics.
The next time you're out fishing, why not take part in citizen science by using the MyCatch app to identify and track your catch? This app can be used recreationally or in angling tournaments, and the data collected can later be used to help protect these fish species!
The Ducks Unlimited Canada app displays nearby wetlands and allows users to conduct citizen science by inputting their species observations.
Citizen scientists app to record and analyze Odonata data
BirdNET is a citizen science platform as well as an analysis software for extremely large collections of audio. BirdNET aims to provide innovative tools for conservationists, biologists, and birders alike.
Contribute to citizen science by sharing your species observations on iNaturalist. Simply upload a perch photo and the app will provide suggestions for identification, information on its traits and allow other naturalists to share their own suggestions and observations.
Audubon Bird Guide
Become a citizen scientist by using the Audubon Bird Guide on your next nature walk! This app is a complete field guide which helps you with bird identification and allows you to input your findings to track your observations.
Pledge to stand with Audubon as we call on elected leaders to create a brighter future for birds and people through durable and inclusive policies and climate solutions.
DataStream provides data on water temperatures throughout our region. Click on a location and see past data which has been recorded, or click on "explainer" to learn more about water temperature, temperature change, and thermal stratification
Know your H2O
Search up specific contaminants to know more about what they are, how they make their way into our waterways, potential harmful effects, and how to mitigate their presence
Tree Planting Program: The Raisin Region Conservation Authority's tree planting program offers a variety of services for projects of all sizes. Visit their website to learn more about their Over-the-Counter Tree Orders, Full-Service Tree Planting Services and Land Donation programs.
Birds Canada Marsh Monitoring Program
Wildlife monitoring program for coastal and inland marshes. Data collection on marsh birds, amphibian species and habitat in order to track long-term trends in species diversity and guide conservation plans, restoration, and management programs for marshes and their bird and amphibian species. Citizens can contribute through their volunteering programs.
Citizens can report sightings if they come across an invasive species through this online mapping system.
NatureServe is a source for information on rare and endangered species and ecosystems in the Americas. This online guide provides information on the 100,000 species and ecosystems that they track.
Identification guides and other useful resources on turtle, including infographics, posters, books, and brochures.
BirdCast Migration Dashboard
Track migrating bird activity across the St. Lawrence River
FINS - River Institute
Join a journey along the Upper St. Lawrence river to see the various fish species we encounter in nearshore habitats
Ontario Invading Species Awareness Program
Want to familiarize yourself with invasive aquatic plants species common to Ontario? Visit the Ontario Invading Species Awareness program and find out what you can do to help prevent the spread of these aquatic species.
Watershed Canada's Love your Lake is a shoreline evaluation program which works with waterfront landowners to recommend actions for improving watershed health.
Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative
In this online tool, you can report sick or dead wildlife, and staff from the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooporative will provide advice on next steps, including carcass subsmission.
Invasive Species Centre
The Invasive Species Centre aims to prevent the spread of invasive species within Canada's land and waterways. Providing up-to-date species profiles.
Ontario Turtle Conservation Center
Want to know more about Ontario's turtle species and their designations? Visit this website to find out and learn how you can contribute to turtle conservation efforts in Ontario.