Please Note:

  • Do not handle or go near wildlife, for your safety and theirs!
  • The time of year is important to consider when monitoring. Note the active season for each species.
  • If you are unsure of how to identify a sighting, contact the host organization or review the provided resources before you submit data.
  • Note that certain surveys require a type of training to participate.
  • Rescue information is provided for certain species if found injured or distressed.

If you would like to use data from the wildlife monitoring surveys for school projects or other purposes, please reach out to the host of the survey to gain permission to use.

Osprey Monitoring

Host/Lead Collaborators:
Group for the East End


REQUIRED – Contact the Group’s Outreach and Education Manager, Taralynn Reynolds,

Active Season:
February – July

Open water, Shorelines

Survey Contact:
Taralynn Reynolds at


Photo: Barry Udelson

Eastern Turkey Monitoring

Host/Lead Collaborators:
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Summer Wild Turkey
Sighting Survey Summer Wild Turkey Survey 2020 Results

Printed Survey (Can be mailed to Turkey Survey, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4754).

Not required

Active Season:
August (Summer)

Major Geographic Regions of New York State

Survey Contact:
NYSDEC Bureau of Wildlife –
Albany, NY 518-402-8883


Wild turkey hen with poults. Photo: NYSDEC - by Gordon Ellmers