Call of the Wetland
A citizen science amphibian monitoring project to understand the health of Calgary’s wetlands and to engage Calgarians in urban wildlife and wetland awareness
The Issue / Idea
How can municipalities learn about their urban wetlands’ health while engaging residents in wetland awareness?
To better understand the health of Calgary’s wetlands, Miistakis Institute, Enbridge, Parks Foundation Calgary, Alberta Conservation Association and the Calgary Zoo developed “Call of the Wetland”, a citizen science program that enabled the public to monitor amphibians as an important indicator of wetland health. There were 6 amphibian species that have historically been found in Calgary, however, prior to Call of the Wetland, it was unknown which still persist in our urban environment.
Call of the Wetland engaged Calgarians in understanding the health of wetlands through monitoring of amphibians and enabling a connection to nature in the City. The long term outcome of Call of the Wetland is to build off of the knowledge gained on amphibian presence to understand the health of wetlands within the City of Calgary, as well as to continue to foster a community of knowledgeable citizens to champion wetland protection and restoration.
Call of the Wetland Story Map
Call of the Wetland Participant Update: Program Reporting
Call of the Wetland Website
Amphibians at Risk: An analysis of wetland habitat and corridors needed to secure amphibian populations in Calgary
Amphibians At Risk In Calgary: Infographic
This project was undertaken by
City of Calgary
Alberta Conservation Association
Parks Foundation Calgary
The Calgary Foundation
Alberta Ecotrust Foundation
TD Friends of the Environment Foundation
Bow River Basin Council
Mount Royal University
Mount Royal University, Institute of Environmental Sustainability
World Wildlife Fund Canada