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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  • 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

  • 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.