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Reporting Rare Wildlife Sightings

WE NEED YOUR HELP

The information compiled by the Endangered and Nongame Species Program (ENSP) is a powerful conservation tool for land-users and natural area managers. With accurate information, conservation action can be focused on our most important natural areas.

If you have information on the location of a rare animal and would like to help us build the Natural Heritage inventory, please complete the form below. This data will help us develop critical habitat mapping and look at habitat and population trends, and ultimately help us to develop conservation strategies for endangered and threatened species.

TO REPORT A SIGHTING:

1. Fill out the sighting report form (pdf, 1.3mb).
    For marine wildlife, please use the Marine Wildlife Sighting Report Form (pdf, 57kb).
    For Atlantic Sturgeon, please use the Atlantic Sturgeon Report Form

  • Print legibly.
  • Complete this form in its entirety - anonymous submissions cannot be incorporated into the Natural Heritage database.
  • Complete this form for first hand field observations only.
  • DO NOT COMPLETE THIS FORM if the source of your information is a report, letter, conversation, or other document. Send us the documentation instead.
  • Only report one species at each location per form and map.
2. Mark location of sighting on map - When submitting a report, a map is necessary to help our biologists determine if suitable habitat is present at the location. Once the suitability of the area is determined the map provided aids in the delineation of land to be protected. We accept two types of maps:
  • Aerial photo - If you are comfortable with your ability to identify the location of the sighting accurately on them, these photos can be printed and clearly marked with a pen. The link is to the DEP Interactive Mapping site, with tools that can provide you with information about your neighborhood, county, or state (NJ). (Because of the large amount of data available you may have to wait for images to load if on a dial-up connection. It takes several clicks to zoom in until the aerial photo displays.)
    OR
  • Use the satellite-derived images available at www.maps.google.com.
3. Mail completed surveys to:
Endangered and Nongame Species Program
NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife
P.O. Box 420
Mail Code 501-03
Trenton, NJ 08625-0420

or as an e-mail attachment to:
Michael.Davenport@dep.state.nj.us

In order to maintain the validity and integrity of the database, each record will be reviewed by an ENSP biologist. NOT ALL SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

NJ Endangered and Threatened Species List
NJ Species of Special Concern
NJ Species Status Listing (Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ site)

If you have any questions please contact the ENSP at 609-292-9400. Thank you.

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Department of Environmental Protection
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Last Updated: December 12, 2013