Ontario Turtle Tally

Ontario Turtle tally is a fun, easy turtle monitoring project for people of all ages. It's a great activity for schools, families, cottagers, and community and naturalist groups across the province

Report your turtle sightings by entering your observations into our on-line database.

The purpose is to collect, record and store location and species information on Ontario turtles, including species at risk. Turtles are most often seen in June when they are traveling to reach their nesting sites. Adopt-A-Pond can help you learn to identify turtles by using our online resources! Contact Adopt-A-Pond to receive a hard copy of our Ontario Turtle Tally Package or see our on-line Turtles of Ontario guide to learn to identify the turtles in your area. All data collected online is shared with the Natural Heritage Information Centre (NHIC) and the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas at Ontario Nature.



Submit Your Sighting
Using Our App:

Why should I participate?

  1. To help scientists increase understanding of turtle distribution and ranges
  2. Information on turtle species and location is useful to identify areas of concern and threats to turtles
  3. To learn more about the threats facing turtles in Ontario and around the world
  4. To have fun!

How do I participate?

Follow these 4 easy steps to become a Turtle Tallier!

  • Learn how to identify turtles using this website or our mobile app
  • Register as an observer when you want to submit your first sighting
  • Go out and look for turtles at your selected location
  • Record and submit observations using the online data forms or mobile app

Please note that red-eared sliders are not native to Ontario.  Please let us know if you found a slider by leaving a comment in the "Additional Comments" box on the sighting submission form!

If you have a turtle question that needs an immediate answer please email us directly at aap@torontozoo.ca