Monday, June 1, 2009

Reporting Rare Wildlife Sightings in NJ

The Endangered and Nongame Species Program (ENSP) works best when it can gather accurate information, so that conservation action can be focused on NJ's most important natural areas.

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


Complete a sighting report form OR, for marine wildlife, please use the Marine Wildlife Sighting Report Form.

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.

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. Use an 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 i-MapNJ, an environmental mapping tool 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 the images to load. It takes several clicks to zoom in until the aerial photo displays.) You can also use the satellite-derived images available at

Mail completed surveys to:
Endangered and Nongame Species Program
NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife
P.O. Box 400
Trenton, NJ 08625-0400
or send it as an e-mail attachment to:

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.

Click these links for a listing of the current New Jersey Endangered and Threatened Species List or Special Species of Concern.

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

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