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2018 Urban Deer Count - Thanks for Participating!

The Town of Okotoks would like to sincerely thank all residents who participated in the 2018 deer count by using the new NatureLynx app!  Please check back here in mid-October to see the results of the September 14 & 16 Deer Counts and survey on urban deer.

The information gathered will establish baseline data used to help guide policy and bylaw development partnered with public education strategies in the long-term. A report will be generated from the deer count that will be available for the public to review later this fall.

A reminder that we want to know your thoughts about deer in Okotoks.  Please go to the Urban Deer Survey tab and click the button to take the urban deer survey until September 21.

Urban Deer Survey Results

Click the button below to have a look at the urban deer survey results.

2018 Urban Deer Survey Results


Q:  When was the last deer count?

A:  September, 2015.  Click the 2015 Urban Deer Report to Council link under the related links section at the top of this page.

Q: Why is the Town doing another deer count?

A: We would like to establish baseline data that will be used to help guide long-term policy and bylaw development partnered with public education strategies.  

Q: Why is the count only for one hour ?

A: As deer move frequently, it is best to limit the counting window to a short period.  A one hour window lessens double-reporting of sightings.

Q: When will the data be available to the public?

A: A report will be generated from the information that is received and will be available for public review later this fall.

Q: Will there be opportunity to report deer sightings throughout the year?

A: Yes.  Using the new app, you can report sightings all year round; this will help us to establish trends.  You can also report on other fauna and flora, which will help with biodiversity monitoring in Okotoks, as often as you like!

Q: What if the app doesn't work for me?

A:  Try out the app a few days in advance of the count.  Contact NatureLynx at support@naturelynx.ca if you have trouble.

Q: I prefer not to use the app, is there another option?

A: Yes.  If you prefer not to use the app but would like to participate, please click the button below to access and print the deer count form.  Print the form, fill it out and return to the Town of Okotoks Operations Centre front desk.  Alternatively, you may pick up a hardcopy of the form at the Okotoks Operations Centre front desk. Completed forms are requested to be returned to the Operations Centre (100, 1118 North Railway St.; M-F 7:30am-4:00pm) by Tuesday, September 18, 2018.

Deer Count Package 

Q: How should I prepare to participate in the deer count?

A:  Get the NatureLynx app downloaded on your smartphone and test it out ahead of time.  If you don't have a smartphone, please see instructions in the previous question.  Ensure you have/do:

  • binoculars
  • sunscreen
  • water bottle(s)
  • dress for the weather (layers, hat, comfortable walking shoes)
  • participants are encouraged to wear a RED identifying hat, t-shirt, sweater, or jacket

Q: What safety precautions should I take when out doing the deer count?

A:  For your safety:

  • Do not approach deer. Keep a respectful distance of at least 50ft (15m) from deer. If deer move towards you, move away
  • To avoid potential incidents of conflict, we recommend you leave dogs at home
  • Be aware of your surroundings while reporting a sighting (i.e. traffic)
What is 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.

​Click on the logo below to find out more about what NatureLynx is and how it works.  

More about 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) and then submit to share your sighting with the NatureLynx community! 

  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. 

And more: edit your profile, join more groups and missions, and 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)