Herp Bits:

Watch for turtles crossing roads in May and June, and again in September. In spring females can travel a long way from water, looking for suitable nest sites.

Males and females will move from one water body to another in spring, making the return trip in fall.

IF IT IS SAFE TO STOP you can help the critter on its way, moving it off the road in the direction it was headed!

The MHA Data Page

Interactive Database

The MHA interactive database is online as a Google Fusion Table. As of November, 2019, a total of 8,812 records have been submitted.

View the MHA Interactive Database

December 2019 Update: The MHA Interactive Database is currently unavailable. Google has removed the Fusion Tables function that was used to display the data. A new data display system will be in place for spring 2020. Sorry for the inconvenience. Researchers wishing to obtain MHA data can submit an email request and data will be provided in spreadsheet format (see email link below).

You can still submit data to the MHA, but it will not be displayed until the new system is in place. Thanks for your patience, have a good winter.

Information and instructions for the Interactive Database are given below.

Accredited researchers may request access to a more detailed and downloadable MHA Database through this email link: Request Database Access. You will need to create a Google Account.

Google Fusion Table

The MHA Database is set up as a Google Fusion Table. This allows you to flip between tabular and mapped versions of the presented data. Use the "Visualize" tab to switch between "Table" and "Map"; the other options have no functionality for the MHA data at this point.

Map View

In the map view, which is the default view when you open the link, each small red dot represents a submitted herp record. If you click on a dot a pop-up window will display some information about that record. You can zoom in or out on the map or pan around as you would in any Google Map application. (Our apologies to those of you with only dial-up internet access. The database may not function without high-speed access.)

Open the "Show Options" link to filter the data and display selected data subsets. Select the field you wish to filter from the drop down list in the left-most box (defaulted to "nickname"). Then select the filter qualifier (default is "="), and in the right-most box type the specific feature you wish to view. For example: if you wish to view all the records of Wood Frogs you would select "species", then "=", then type "Wood Frog". Then click the "Apply" button to apply the selected filter and the map will redraw showing only the selected records. (Depending on your internet connection you may have to refresh your page in the browser or re-enter your filter selections on occasion.)

Table View

In the Table view you can sort any of the fields by clicking on the field name at the top of the table and selecting "Sort Asc" (sort ascending) or "Sort Desc" (sort descending). Example: you could see all the records submitted by one person by clicking "nickname", "Sort Asc". Then all the records would be grouped by the nickname of the person who submitted the records.


Please experiment with all the functions of the MHA Fusion Table and let us know what you think. For those who have submitted records you can review your data in the "Table" view to ensure its accuracy. (Some data fields in certain records have been edited since submission to correct errors or add in missing information.) There are additional features that can be activated in the MHA Fusion Table that may allow users to add comments or even alter records (password authorized users only), and these may be included at a later date. Let us know if you are experience any problems with the MHA Fusion Table. Please email us with your comments: Contact NatureNorth.com.

Species at Risk Records!

In some instances precise locations for species records are not included. For Prairie Skinks and for all records of other species that were obtained from research cover-board locations the displayed location is that of the northwest corner of the quarter section within which the record occurred. This was done to protect this sensitive species and the locations of research sites. Precise locations are available only to accredited researchers.

View the MHA Interactive Database

MHA Statistics to Date (to November, 2019)

- A total of 8,812 herp records have been submitted to the MHA, all 24 different species have been recorded.

- As of November, 2019 the MHA website entry page has been viewed 22,376 times since it was first posted January 11, 2011. It is averaging 8 visits a day. Within the entire MHA website there has been 152,933 page views in the same time frame, with an average of 41 page views per day.

(And keep those records coming! Go to the Submit Data page.)

- For maps of the MHA data please refer to the MHA Interactive Database (see note above). JPG maps of the records are no longer available.

Limitations on Data Availability

NatureNorth is working in cooperation with Manitoba Conservation on this project and there may be some instances where some of the information collected won't be made available to everyone. After all, there may be a need to protect sensitive areas and species at risk (SAR) in some cases. Broadcasting the precise locations of endangered species or of major snake dens may not be in the best interests of the critters. When such sensitive information is collected it will be passed on to Manitoba Conservation and accredited researchers only. However, in such cases, we hope to be able to post generalized location information, while keeping geographically precise information confidential.

Respect the Rights of Landowners

Please respect private property and the rights of landowners. Don't trespass on your herping safaris. Ask permission to go on to private land and to report any records from that land. We will respect the rights of landowners to not have herp locations posted if they choose.


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