Durham Region and Northumberland County are growing at a rapid pace as the Greater Toronto Area expands, particularly in its southern reaches. Fortunately, a considerable amount of relatively connected natural habitat exists in the area. This same area is an obvious data gap for reptile and amphibian species at risk (SAR). Blazing Star Environmental is teaming up with other local conservation groups to find and protect any undiscovered populations of reptiles and amphibians before it is too late!
Report Your Sightings!
Have you ever seen or heard any of these rare reptile or amphibian species? Share your observations (recent and historic) to help us locate undiscovered populations. The date, species and location are the most important pieces of information, here are the ways to report your findings:
Email your report to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Text or call: 289 927 2964
Use the ‘Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas App’ Download the app for free from the app store.
Are you interested in helping with field surveys, email, call or text us to sign up! Spread the word, tell your friends and family about this project!
We would like to acknowledge the following local conservation groups for their support:
Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority
Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority
Kawartha Region Conservation Authority
Lone Pine Land Trust
North Durham Nature Club
Northumberland Land Trust
Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust
Toronto Region Conservation Authority
Willow Beach Field Naturalists
This project is funded by the Habitat Stewardship Program.
Priority Survey Areas
Interested in helping us find target species? Head to the priority survey areas for the best shot at success. All priority squares have suitable habitat and/or nearby records.
Western Chorus Frog
Eastern Musk Turtle
Northern Map Turtle
Eastern Hog-nosed Snake
For each discovered SAR population:
Important habitat will be located (e.g. breeding, overwintering, etc.)
Threats to survival will be identified
Beneficial stewardship activities will be recommended
Results will be shared with landowners, municipalities, conservation authorities, land trusts and other interested people and organizations
We hope that some organizations and landowners will implement these recommendations to help protect the target species and their habitats!