How to Participate


How to Participate

There are 3 ways you can participate in Call of the Wetland

SIGN UP FOR A PLANNED SURVEY


Call of the Wetland has identified 60 wetlands for the public to help us survey.

Sign up to survey a wetland via the app. Each wetland will be visited nine times over the course of the season. Sign up for a survey by selecting a date range and specified time. Please note you only need to go out once within that date range provided. Check out which wetlands need surveying:

Review the detailed survey methodology and safety guidelines.

Download the app for Iphone or Android by searching "Call of the Wetland" on Google Play or App Store

Things to know about the app:

  • You only need to register once on the app
  • The app relies on the GPS in your smartphone to record location, so this feature must be turned on, along with other permissions the app requests.
  • You do NOT need internet access to use the app, data is stored on your smartphone and then uploaded once you are in a service area.
  • Your app needs to be open for data to upload, so remember to keep it open once you are in a service area.

Attend an orientation! Please see Facebook for orientation times and locations.

Sign up to survey one of the many survey sites! On the "Find a Survey" tab on the app, enter your city quadrant for a list of survey sites. Then click on the pin to see the location of the site open in google maps.

To view all survey sites on Google Earth, download the kmz file here.

Review amphibian identification guide on the website or app.

If you run into any issues please see the contact information page or the contact information on the App

Go outside and enjoy the Call of the Wetland!

SUBMIT INCIDENTAL OBSERVATIONS


Did you know there are over 4000 wetlands within the City limits and we are only surveying 60. Please report observations (calls, sightings) via the smartphone application when visiting any wetland within the City.

Download the app for Iphone or Android by searching "Call of the Wetland" on Google Play or App Store

Things to know about the app:

  • You only need to register once on the app
  • The app relies on the GPS in your smartphone to record location, so this feature must be turned on, along with other permissions the app requests.
  • You do NOT need internet access to use the app, data is stored on your smartphone and then uploaded once you are in a service area.
  • Your app needs to be open for data to upload, so remember to keep it open once you are in a service area.

Review amphibian identification guide on the website or app.

This is perfect for times when you are going outside and may encounter a wetland

Take your phone with you on walks where you may encounter a wetland

Submit an observation if you walk by a wetland and hear or see an amphibian

If you run into any issues please see the contact information page or the contact information on the App.

Go outside and enjoy the Call of the Wetland!

PARTICIPATING BY SHARING AN ARTICLE OR PHOTOGRAPH


You can also participate by submitting an article to our local coordinator. Articles can include writings, drawings, photographs, poems, and stories about wetlands and amphibians. You could write about wetlands you’ve visited, species you’ve encounter, and your adventures answering the Call of the wetland. We encourage all ages to submit an article for a chance to have the article on our website and social media!

Please submit your article to the local coordinator at info@callofthewetland.ca


Disclaimer:
As a Call of the Wetland citizen scientist, you are responsible for your own safety. The Miistakis Institute and partners are not liable for damages or injuries you may incur while collecting data for Call of the Wetland. Exercise caution when collecting data, including maintaining awareness of your surroundings.


Amphibian ID Tips

Colour is not always reliable (i.e. an amphibian species can have multiple colour phases)

Patterns (spots or stripes) are good indicators for frogs and salamanders

Existence of a ridge between the eyes is a good identifying feature for toads