Help Trent U PhD student investigate the utility of eBird and iNaturalist
Last winter, Jenn Baici ran a pilot project in Peterborough County to explore how she might be able to use data gathered by citizen scientists to predict wild turkey population size. This year she and her colleagues have expanded the project and are requesting wild turkey observations province-wide.
If you spot a wild turkey flock anywhere in Ontario from December 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019, please submit your sighting to eBird or iNaturalist. Your observation will be used to help estimate how many wild turkeys call Ontario home. You can add observations on your computer by following either of the links below, or through the eBird or iNaturalist mobile apps!
Results of the 2017 Ottawa-Gatineau Christmas Bird Count
During the 99th CBC on 17 December 2017, 133 field observers and 28 feeder watchers observed 61 species. Although the weather was very cold – with temperatures ranging from -22.4° to -11.2°C – it was mostly clear and quite still throughout the day. The highlights included an American Wigeon, 6 Snowy Owls, a Grey Catbird, and a record high of 4 Great Blue Herons.
Results of Canada 150 Bioblitz are in
To celebrate 2017, the Canadian Wildlife Federation held a year-long bioblitz asking all Canadians to observe and identify plants and animals from coast to coast to coast. Nearly 10,000 people participated including OFNC members Bernie Ladoceur, Diane Lepage, Suzanne Deschênes, Jim DesRivières, Jakob Mueller, David Seburn, Rob Alvo, Gord Robertson, Jeff Saarela, Owen Clarkin, Justin Peter, Chris Lewis, and Gillian Mastromatteo, who “blitzed” Gatineau Park on June 10 and 11.
Thanks very much to these keen naturalists and all other OFNC members who participated in this and other events last year!
For more information, see
- The results are in (CWF bioblitz web site)
- How 10,000 citizen scientists and experts helped the cause of wildlife conservation for Canada’s 150th (National Post)