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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  • Cranes

    Date: May 18, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Location: The Rookery

    Wildlife Seen: 2 Cranes

    Behavior Observed:

    Flying over heading east.

  • Coyote

    Date: May 14, 2019 at 4:45 am

    Location: Woods behind Maple Ridge Apartments, Chardon

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Coyote

    Behavior Observed:

    Came out of the woods onto the grass then ran back into the woods.

    Naturalist's Response

    Yes, coyotes live in many habitats including urban and suburban environments. In general, they avoid contact with people.

    Denise Wolfe – naturalist

  • Sandhill Cranes

    Date: May 09, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    Location: Kinsman Rd

    Wildlife Seen: 4 Sandhill Crane

    Behavior Observed:

    Walking around with chicks!

  • Red-headed Woodpecker

    Date: May 05, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Location: Bass Lake Preserve

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Red-headed Woodpecker

    Behavior Observed:

    Landing on a tree on Auburn near Wilson Mills. Saw lots of white on its back. They do exist.

    Naturalist's Response

    Awesome! Our mascot really does live in Geauga County. A rare treat.

    Denise Wolfe – naturalist

  • Trumpeter Swans

    Date: Apr 20, 2019 at 10:30 am

    Location: Headwaters Park

    Wildlife Seen: 2 Trumpeter Swan

    Behavior Observed:

    I first saw 2 of them last week by Tinkers Creek in Summit County. On Monday, 4/15/2019, I saw 2 on the corner of Pekin Road and Auburn Road in Newbury, and this morning I saw 2 at Headwaters Park.

  • Purple Finch

    Date: Apr 16, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Location: Heath RD near Cedar

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Male Purple Finch

    Behavior Observed:

    At sunflower feeder.

  • Purple Finch

    Date: Apr 14, 2019 at 8:30 am

    Location: Heath RD near Cedar

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Female Purple Finch

    Behavior Observed:

    Observed several times during the day at sunflower seed feeder

  • Bald Eagle

    Date: Apr 04, 2019 at 11:30 am

    Location: Parkside Church

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Bald Eagle

    Behavior Observed:

    Circled parking lot and flew east up and over the building

  • Bigfoot

    Date: Mar 14, 2019 at 6:45 am

    Location: The Rookery

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Big Foot

    Behavior Observed:

    Walking and digging holes

    Naturalist's Response

    Happy April 1st!

  • Barred Owls

    Date: Mar 24, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    Location: Big Creek Park

    Wildlife Seen: 3 Barred Owl

    Behavior Observed:

    One (male) on the south side of the drive near Deep Woods parking. Flew across the drive, where two other Barred Owls were calling each other. It was about 40 feet in a tree from our location and then flew on the same tree as the other owl. Two owls then flew west down the valley and one flew back across the drive to the south side.