There are many wildlife monitoring programs, with various skill levels, available in which you can participate. All of these programs are based in Ontario and some can be done from your home or close to your home. These programs are a great way to learn new skills, meet new people and contribute information that aids the conservation of wildlife.
Other monitoring programs and actions you may consider:
Canadian Wildlife Service
- Amphibian Backyard Surveys and Road Call Counts
- Bat Colony Count Instructions & Datasheet
- Bat Conservation International: Build a bat house in your back yard
- Bat Conservation International: Criteria for Successful Bat Houses
- Bat Conservation International: Four Chamber Nursery Home Plans
- Bat Conservation International: Two Chamber Rocket Box Plans
- Toronto Zoo: Bats, A Conservation Guide
- For more great bat house information, visit: www.batcon.org/resources/getting-involved/bat-houses
Bird Studies Canada
- Nocturnal Owl Survey, Canadian Lakes Loon Survey, Ontario Birds at Risk, Christmas Bird Count, Project NestWatch, Marsh Monitoring Program, Breeding Bird Survey, Forest Bird Monitoring Program
In Your Backyard
- Leave space for wildlife and choose to plant native plant species. They need less care than grass and you’ll have extra time to enjoy the view and visiting wildlife.
- Complete a self-assessment of your garden and landscape to identify areas to change and improve.
- Leave logs where they lie. On land, they provide shelter for salamanders, insects and some snakes. In water, logs may create fish habitat or basking sites for turtles.
- Leave dead trees standing if it is safe to do so. Dead trees provide valuable food for woodpeckers and homes for many animals. If you need to pick up dead branches gather them in one area as a brush pile to provide shelter for small animals.
- Avoid the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides in your home and on your property, especially near water!
- Don’t use old railway ties, telephone poles or pressure treated lumber in your landscaping.
On Your Waterfront
- Keep your lot well treed and plant a buffer strip of native species along the shore.
- Use only phosphate-free soaps, detergents and cleaners in your home.
- Pump out your septic tank regularly.
- Use a small floating dock.
- If you own a motor boat, consider upgrading to an electric or fuel efficient 4-stroke motor and be sure to keep your wake low near shore and wetlands.
In Your Neighbourhood
- Attend or host a presentation to learn more about these species.
- Watch out for wildlife on our roads and waterways.
- Help stop the spread of invasive species. Learn what invasive species are in our area, what they look like and monitor for their presence.
- Support efforts that enhance or protect habitat.
- Report your sightings of at risk species on our web site or to the Parry Sound Ministry of Natural Resources office at 7 Bay St. Parry Sound, P2A 1S4 Attention SAR Biologist 705-746-4201.