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NatureLynx

NatureLynx is about fun, about getting involved in the scientific process, and about helping to improve our collective understanding of Alberta’s amazing biodiversity.  It is a citizen science app created and supported by the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI) with the goal of fostering an Alberta biodiversity network.  ​By mapping the nature in Okotoks, or wherever you find yourself in Alberta, we can begin to understand why, how, and where flora and fauna exist in Alberta.

Click on the logo below to download the NatureLynx app (to take part in missions, you must have the app), find out more about what NatureLynx is and how it works.  More info is also available by clicking the NatureLynx app brochure link located under Related Publications.

More Information on Using the App
How to Use the App

Submit your sightings! Use the app to take a photo of an Alberta species*, or select a photo from your phone's photo gallery.  Choose the appropriate species group; if known, provide a species name or mark it as unknown.  The date, time and location will autofill.  Provide any relevant field notes (optional), assign the sighting to a group and mission (also optional), and then Submit to share your sighting with the NatureLynx community! 

 Join a mission (a nature observation with a target/time period) with the Town of Okotoks, or any other group.

Explore the newsfeed to see the latest sightings of Alberta's biodiversity submitted to NatureLynx.  

Learn how to identify common Alberta species by browsing our species profiles. 

Join any group that peeks your interestand follow other naturalists and NatureLynx users!

*NatureLynx is a way to collect and share data on all of Alberta's species (birds, mammals, plants, insects, etc.) but it's not intended for collecting data/images on domestic species (garden plants, domestic animals)

Take Part in Okotoks Missions!

Would you like to participate in the Town’s NatureLynx missions? Every year the Town offers various NatureLynx missions to be involved in as citizen scientists. Some of the Town’s past missions include, migratory birds, and native wildflowers.

When you participate in the Town’s NatureLynx missions, you help with collecting valuable data for the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI). They use the data:

  • to monitor the biodiversity of species in Alberta;
  • to detect any significant changes in various species;
  • and to develop long-term environmental strategies and decision making.

Missions During COVID-19 Pandemic

If you are not in quarantine, this is a great opportunity to spend some time outdoors to enjoy the natural beauty of Okotoks’. Physical distancing is important, and therefore we encourage you to complete these missions in your yard, parks and open spaces. If you are self-isolating you can still participate by capturing great images from your window and patio! 

Spring Flowers!

Spring is here and so are all of the beautiful spring wildflowers popping up in our natural spaces. Do you ever wonder which wildflowers exist in your community? We do too! We need YOUR help to document the diversity of spring flowers in Okotoks and Alberta. You can help by taking pictures of all wildflowers you can find from May 13 to May 31st. The information collected will help Alberta biologists gain a better understanding of the wildflower biodiversity that exists in the area. Thank you for your participation and happy photo taking! 

Please practice physical distancing with other people while participating in this mission.

Please do NOT pick the flowers! If left alone they can reproduce, and also be enjoyed by others.

To take part:
1. Download the NatureLynx app by clicking here
2. Sign up to create your NatureLynx account (the "location" field is used to help you filter nearby sightings, be sure your location settings are turned on)
3. Join the Town of Okotoks Group
4. Join the Town of Okotoks Magnificent Mammals mission
5. Submit your sightings!

To see the mission, click on the button below.  Note you must be logged in to join the mission.  Have fun!

Spring Flowers Mission

Municipal Centre
Sun: Closed
Mon - Fri: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Sat: Closed