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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  • Fox

    Date: Nov 19, 2019 at 11:50 pm

    Location: I was driving north on Claridon Troy Road and looking at the maps, around the address of 11770 Claridon Troy Road

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Fox

    Behavior Observed:

    I had my high-beams on and first saw the eye reflection. Then, as I got closer, I saw the red/orange color and the white on the end of the tail. It was along the west side of the road.

  • Earthquake

    Date: Oct 15, 2019 at 5:25 am

    Location: Observatory Park

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Earthquake

    Behavior Observed:

    Northeast Ohio experienced a small earthquake at around 1:25 AM on October 15, 2019. It registered on the seismograph equipment at Observatory Park, as well as a few others around the region (including Lake Erie Bluffs park in Perry, and a USGS seismograph in Chester Township).

    This was a small earthquake, with a magnitude of about 2.6, meaning it’s unlikely to have been felt by most humans in our area. (By comparison, the recent June earthquake below Lake Erie was about 125 times bigger than this earthquake!)
    The Madison/Thompson border has seen several small earthquakes in recent years, including a magnitude 2.0 earthquake on September 9, 2018. The area sits above a known fault in Ohio’s deep bedrock known as the Akron Magnetic Boundary.

  • Bald Eagle

    Date: Oct 13, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    Location: Walter C. Best Wildlife Preserve

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Bald eagle

    Behavior Observed:

    Fying above the shoreline by the nature preserve

  • Crayfish

    Date: Oct 06, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Location: Walter C. Best Wildlife Preserve

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Rusty Crayfish

    Behavior Observed:

    I wish I had taken a picture when this happened but I was on one of the benches in Walter C Best and I looked over and there was the BIGGEST crawdad I have ever seen. I was not concerned of it at the time but I heard someone saying that they are an invasive species. I am not 100% sure that it was the rusty crayfish but from the pictures I have seen and the size of it I think that it was one.

    Naturalist's Response

    Without seeing a picture, it is hard to know if, in fact, it was a Rusty Crayfish.  You are correct that they are an invasive species and entirely possible that you saw one; we do have them in Geauga County.  According to Ohio’s crayfish expert Dr. Roger Thoma, “The rusty crayfish is the most numerous species in Ohio. It has greatly expanded its range in the past 50 or 60 years.”  Thanks for letting us know about your sighting.  –Naturalist Linda Gilbert   Here are a couple links with additional information:



  • Sighting #6327

    Date: Oct 10, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Location: Bass Lake Preserve

    Wildlife Seen: 4 Bald Eagle pair with eaglets

    Behavior Observed:

    Two adults (white heads and tails) plus two eaglets just brown in color. All four were circling high over water.

  • Large heron-type black bird

    Date: Sep 01, 2019 at 10:40 am

    Location: Beartown Lakes Reservation

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Large heron-type black bird

    Behavior Observed:

    This morning near the northwest fishing platform at Beartown, I saw what I thought was a heron standing very still fishing. Then I realized that the bird was black and had a rather short duck-like bill. It was about the same size as a blue heron. What was this?

  • Walking Stick

    Date: Aug 14, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    Location: Clearview Road, Chesterland

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Walking Stick

    Behavior Observed:

    Stickin’ around my porch folding its front legs forward and pretending to not be an insect.

  • Sandhill Cranes

    Date: Aug 21, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Location: Field off of Franks Rd.

    Wildlife Seen: 4 Sandhill Crane

    Behavior Observed:

    Four Sandhill Cranes enjoying the fields. The two with red heads almost look like they are keeping watch!

  • Red-tailed Hawk

    Date: Jul 23, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    Location: Eldon Russell Park

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Red-tailed Hawk

    Behavior Observed:

    Circling over the river north of Eldon Russell Park

  • Purple Martins

    Date: Jul 23, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Location: Upper Cuyahoga near 422 bridge

    Wildlife Seen: 8 Purple Martin juveniles

    Behavior Observed:

    Purple Martin juveniles flying around bare trees along the river