Calling all naturalists and science enthusiasts!
Being a Citizen Scientist is easy and can involve anybody who is scientific minded and is interested in the environment around them. All around the World Citizen Scientists collect data on all fields of study and this data is valuable to almost every scientific entity. Here at the Toledo Zoo, Wild Toledo tries to collect as much data as possible around Northwest Ohio and we need your help. One way in which we are collecting data from Citizen Scientists is through our Native Reptile and Amphibian survey program. Participation is easy and only requires you to go outside in your backyard or your favorite Metro Park and explore. We are looking for images of reptiles or amphibians that you encounter while out on your adventure.
Your photos will help us create distribution data for reptiles and amphibians in Ohio and is an essential tool for the management and conservation of these important components of our ecosystems. The information you provide will be cataloged by zoo staff and used to update our map of species distribution. We will update our maps and photos as they come in.
Distribution Map of Ohio's Native Reptile and Amphibian Photos
Toledo Zoo Wild Shots
Zooniverse is hosting a page called Toledo Zoo Wild Shots. This page allows citizen scientists to catalog images that Wild Toledo Biologists are collecting using trail-cameras in the field. These cameras take images of animals as they run by and are a non invasive way of studying wildlife. These cameras collect thousands of images, and with so much data, we are asking for your help to identify what is in each photograph. The information collected from this project will allow us to understand the distribution and movement of wildlife and how it relates to urbanization. These cameras are set up in Northwest Ohio and Southern Michigan and are currently collecting more and more images everyday.
Click the image to the left or any of the images above to access the Zooniverse page and get started!