- 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.
Diamondback Terrapin Monitoring
Not required but encouraged
– Training Workshop
Nesting females (late May-early August). Hatchlings (July-October before cold temperatures). Overwintered hatchlings (start of warm temperatures in spring)
Sea Turtle Monitoring
Sea turtles species include Kemp’s Ridley, Green, Loggerhead and Leatherback Sea Turtle. Vessel strike, entanglement and marine debris are leading causes of mortality for these animals during the summer months. The fall is the time of year when Kemp’s, Green and Loggerhead sea turtles can become cold stunned (hypothermic). Sea turtles become cold stunned (hypothermic) when the water temperature drops below 50 degrees.
Not required, but encouraged
Kemp’s Ridley, Leatherback and the threatened Loggerhead and Green sea turtles are observed during the summer and fall in the waters around New York. Sea turtle sightings begin when water temperatures increase in early summer (mid-June) through fall (October).
Atlantic Ocean and bays and estuaries around Long Island
– AMSEAS Survey Contact Sightings@amseas.org
– NYSDEC Survey Contact MarineProtectedResources@dec.ny.gov
If you see a stranded or entangled sea turtle immediately call the NYS Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Stranding Hotline at (631) 369-9829