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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  • Soft-shelled turtle

    Date: Jun 27, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Location: Auburn Township

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Soft-shelled Turtle

    Behavior Observed:

    Trying to cross the street

  • Earthquake

    Date: Jun 23, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    Location: Observatory Park

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Earthquake

    Behavior Observed:

    At 11:29 AM Ohio time, a powerful earthquake struck below Mexico’s Oaxaca province. The area sits near the boundary between the North American and Cocos plates, and has a long history of major earthquakes.

    Today’s earthquake had a magnitude of 7.4, which makes it more than 250 times bigger than the 1986 Lake Erie earthquake.

    Even though Geauga County is more than 1,970 miles away from today’s earthquake, an earthquake that size still registered on local seismographs.

    (The earthquake-sensing equipment at Observatory Park moved only a fraction of a millimeter, but that’s from an earthquake on the other side of our continent!)

    The earthquake was also detected by seismographs at Lake Erie Bluffs park in Perry, and in Trumbull County’s Farmdale.

  • Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly

    Date: Jun 14, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    Location: Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Dragonfly

    Behavior Observed:

    This dragonfly landed on the Jewelweeds along the driveway long enough for me to get a few good photos of it.

    Naturalist's Response

    Thanks for the nice picture of a female Eastern Pondhawk dragonfly. Males and females of this species are different colors. The male is pale blue with a green face and white at the tip of his abdomen. Immature males may appear green and blue. The females, as you can see in your photo, are green with some black markings on the abdomen. Pondhawks are beautiful dragonflies and eat lots of pesky insects like mosquitoes and other annoying-to-humans insects. -Naturalist Linda Gilbert

  • Osprey

    Date: Jun 14, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    Location: Headwaters Park

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Osprey

    Behavior Observed:

    Fishing on the lake and then eating along the shoreline high in the trees.

  • Walnut Sphinx Moth

    Date: Jun 12, 2020 at 10:00 am

    Location: My house

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Blinded Sphinx moth

    Behavior Observed:

    Sitting on our window. It must have flown into the house during the night. I placed it back outside.

    Naturalist's Response

    Thanks for fowarding your moth picture. You are correct that it is a sphinx moth, however, it is a Walnut Sphinx Moth, not the Blinded Sphinx as you initially thought. Click here for a BugGuide.net link with more information on the species. And while you are on BugGuide, type Blinded Sphinx Moth in the search box and take a look at the markings so that you can compare the two! -Naturalist Linda Gilbert

  • Painted Turtle

    Date: Jun 10, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    Location: Orchard Hills Park

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Baby Turtle

    Behavior Observed:

    Basking on the Cricket Trail. It was only about 1 inch wide and 1.5 inch long.

    Naturalist's Response

    Yes, this is a newly hatched painted turtle.

  • Large Black Snake

    Date: Jun 10, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    Location: The West Woods

    Wildlife Seen: Large Black Snake 1

    Behavior Observed:

    Hanging out in the middle of the Bridle Trail.

  • Snapping Turtle

    Date: Jun 07, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    Location: Bike path (C)

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Snapping turtle

    Behavior Observed:

    Watching the people

  • White-fringed Emerald Moth

    Date: Jun 04, 2020 at 11:30 pm

    Location: Mulberry woods inside our house

    Wildlife Seen: 1 White-fringed Emerald Moth

    Behavior Observed:

    Sitting on our wall…I caught it and moved it outside.

  • Black Snake

    Date: May 15, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    Location: The Rookery

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Huge Black Snake

    Behavior Observed:

    Slithering towards Me and My Dogs