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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  • Bald Eagle

    Date: Dec 31, 1969 at 11:45 am

    Location: 168 between Burton Twp.

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Bald Eagle

    Behavior Observed:

    Perched in a tree in the wet land by the bridge

  • Bald Eagle

    Date: Mar 09, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Location: 10406 Cedar Road near The Rookery

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Bald Eagle

    Behavior Observed:

  • Eastern Bluebirds

    Date: Feb 23, 2019 at 9:00 am

    Location: Hershey Montessori School in Huntsburg, Ohio

    Wildlife Seen: 4 Eastern Bluebirds

    Behavior Observed:

    At least 2 pairs visited our feeder often for several days. Using the suet feeder and the water bath to drink. They must have been migrating as they have not been spotted recently.

  • Baby Coyote

    Date: Feb 24, 2019 at 9:00 am

    Location: Winchell Road

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Baby Coyote

    Behavior Observed:

    Walking across the field looking around

  • Coyote

    Date: Feb 08, 2019 at 5:40 am

    Location: Field outside of Lake in the Woods

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Coyote

    Behavior Observed:


    Naturalist's Response

    Thanks you for your observation!

  • Bear

    Date: Jan 05, 2019 at 12:37 am

    Location: 9370 S. Brown Road

    Wildlife Seen:

    Behavior Observed:

    Checking out a feeder

  • Bald Eagle

    Date: Dec 29, 2018 at 3:30 am

    Location: Punderson State Park

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Bald Eagle

    Behavior Observed:

    Circling over the lake, dropped to skim the water, then flew off.

  • Opossum

    Date: Dec 25, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    Location: Eldon Russell Park

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Opossum

    Behavior Observed:

    Hid when we saw it

  • Earthquake in Tennessee

    Date: Dec 12, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Location: Observatory Park

    Graph of ground motion recorded over 5 minutes from Observatory Park. Map showing the earthquake in eastern Tennessee and Observatory Park in northeast Ohio.

    Wildlife Seen:

    Behavior Observed:

    Just after 4 AM Ohio time on December 12, the seismograph at Observatory Park began to detect vibrations from a light-to-moderate earthquake in Tennessee. The earthquake had a magnitude of 4.4 and caused light to moderate ground shaking in the southeastern U.S.

    By comparison, this was about one-fourth the size of the earthquake that shook northeast Ohio in 1986, which had a magnitude of 5.

    (By the time the earthquake’s vibrations had made the 440-mile trip to Ohio, they caused ground movements smaller than the width of a human hair!)

  • Waterfowl

    Date: Nov 11, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Location: LaDue Reservoir

    Wildlife Seen: lots Ducks, several Loons, 2 Sandhill cranes, 200 Tundra swans

    Behavior Observed:

    Tundra Swans were formed a big “V” in the clear blue sky – what a spectacle!