Saturday, July 1, 2017

Citizen Scientists Wanted - Must Like Snakes

I can't believe I am writing a post about snakes (this is Angela writing by the way).  Snakes freak me out, but there are some species in John E. Pearce Provincial Park that need researching.  We are partnering with the park to restore the wetlands and there are plans to construct snake hibernaculum (the winter den for hibernation).  The task right now is to get YOU, our Citizen Scientists, to report to us at the museum, where you see snakes inside the park boundary.

We'll need to know when you saw the snake (date and time), where specifically in the park, and a picture would be very helpful to identify the species you see.  You can email the pictures and details to with the Subject "Snake Sighting!" and I'll be most happy to pass it along to the Ministry of Natural Resources staff.

There is talk of also holding a field day to teach volunteers and citizen scientists more about the snakes and their hibernaculum so we'll keep you up to date on that front.  For now just send in those pictures and sighting details to

I've included a map of the park to assist you with reporting the location.  You can give me the alpha-numeric area and any details you recall about the spot.  The more information we have the better.  

Snake Sighting Grid Map of John E. Pearce Provincial Park

Here's a YouTube video of our snake hibernacula expert Gregor.

Thank you in advance for participating.

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