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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  • Eastern Bluebird

    Date: May 17, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    Location: Our home

    Wildlife Seen: 1 BluebBrd

    Behavior Observed:

    Have a nesting pair of B.B. with 5 hatched. We offer meal worms regularly plus a variety of watermelon,grapes,apples and broccoli. Adults eat everything listed but, out of these only feed meal worms to little ones. Photo is male B.B. taking watermelon.

  • Eastern Kingbird

    Date: May 10, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    Location: Orchard Hills Park

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Eastern Kingbird

    Behavior Observed:

    On a branch, singing

  • Great Egret

    Date: Apr 28, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    Location: Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Great Egret

    Behavior Observed:

    it was just hanging out in Wild Calla Kettle

  • Sandhill Crane & Colt

    Date: Apr 27, 2020 at 12:45 pm

    Location: Rapids Road

    Wildlife Seen: 3 Sandhill Crane

    Behavior Observed:

    from about 200 ft observed 2 adults with about a 10” baby
    adults eating pecking grass with baby near one adult also pecking grass
    one adult spending more time standing up looking than other, we only stayed about 4 minutes as not to bother them

  • Cooper’s Hawk

    Date: Apr 13, 2020 at 10:50 pm

    Location: Cherry Lane, Chesterland

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Cooper's Hawk

    Behavior Observed:

    Observed (what I believe to be) a Cooper’s Hawk in my backyard. He was consuming a Robin. The noise from the Blue Jays alerted me to something they did not like being around.

  • Juvenile Bald Eagle

    Date: Apr 14, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Location: 10722 Stafford Rd.

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Bald Eagles

    Behavior Observed:

    Juvenile Bald Eagle eating on the ground. Same groundhog as adults were working on yesterday. Stayed about 20 minutes.

  • Bald Eagles

    Date: Apr 13, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    Location: 10722 Stafford Rd.

    Wildlife Seen: 2 Bald Eagles

    Behavior Observed:

    • On the ground eating a dead groundhog. Saw the first one and about 45 minutes later saw the second one. The first one kept trying to fly away with the groundhog but gave up. Stayed for over an hour and a half. Buzzards kept flying around but the eagles didn’t give way.

    Naturalist's Response

    1. That’s a great sighting! Thanks for sharing the photos.
  • Sandhill Cranes

    Date: Mar 26, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    Location: Near Mountain Run Station

    Wildlife Seen: 2 Sandhill Cranes

    Behavior Observed:

    Flying fairly low

  • Mourning Cloak Butterfly

    Date: Mar 25, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Location: Observatory Park

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Mourning Cloak Butterfly

    Behavior Observed:

    While on the Woodland Loop trail we were surprised to see a black butterfly with a white band on the wing edge. It across the trail in front of us then into the trees.

  • Red-shouldered Hawk

    Date: Mar 13, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    Location: Clearview Road, Chesterland

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Red-shouldered Hawk

    Behavior Observed:

    Basking in the sun after snacking on a small rodent