Wildlife Sightings

Spot some local wildlife? Tell us about it!

Use the form below – including photos, if you have them – to let us know the date, time and location of your sighting (be it in the parks or in your own backyard), as well as what type of wildlife you spotted and the behavior you observed.

Your regular reports will help populate this page for the enjoyment of your community of fellow Nature lovers and the interests of our Natural Resource Management team. Thanks in advance!

Please note that while this form does collect your name and contact information, those items will not be posted with your sighting, only used in case we need to contact you for additional details.

Report Your Findings

Step 1 of 4 - Sighting Date & Time

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  • Barred Owl

    Date: May 04, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    Location: Claridon Woodlands

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Barred Owl

    Behavior Observed:

    On the far end of the Tree Tapper Trail loop, a Barred Owl was seen flying from one tree to another in the distance. When the owl landed, it turned to look at us and made various noises for 1-2 minutes before flying out of sight.

  • Sandpiper

    Date: May 05, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Location: The Rookery

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Solitary Sandpiper

    Behavior Observed:

    Near the interurban trail around the pools on the un-named trail. Kind of flew like a swallow and was dove sized. The rump markings were distinct.

  • Snake

    Date: May 02, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Location: Big Creek Park

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Black Rat Snake

    Behavior Observed:

    Slowly crossed the Hemlock Trail, then went into the trees

  • Butterfly

    Date: Apr 29, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Location: Swine Creek Reservation

    Wildlife Seen: 1 West Virginia White butterfly

    Behavior Observed:

    Nectaring and sunning

    Naturalist's Response

    It would be wonderful if you could let us know exactly where you saw this butterfly. – Denise Wolfe- GPD Naturalist

  • Earthquake

    Date: Apr 19, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    Location: Observatory Park

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Earthquake

    Behavior Observed:

    Magnitude 3.6 earthquake near Amherstburg, Ontario, recorded on the Observatory Park seismograph, about 110 miles away.

  • Common Loon

    Date: Apr 19, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Location: Headwaters Park

    Wildlife Seen: 9 Common Loon

    Behavior Observed:

    Resting on water near boathouse

  • Red Fox

    Date: Apr 05, 2018 at 7:15 am

    Location: 12924 Kenyon Dr

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Red fox

    Behavior Observed:

  • Bird

    Date: Feb 27, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    Location: Observatory Park

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Bird

    Behavior Observed:

    Surveying the area

    Naturalist's Response

    How about that!