Why was NH Wildlife Sightings developed?
NH Wildlife Sightings
Welcome to "NH Wildlife Sightings",
a web tool to report your observations of wildlife in NH.
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Many potentially useful observations of wildlife are made by landowners, recreationists, birders, hunters and fishermen, foresters, and general wildlife enthusiasts. Through NH Wildlife Sightings, professionals and other citizens can report their wildlife observations. Following an intensive quality control and review process, observation data will be used by the NH Fish & Game Department to help assess the status of wildlife and evaluate appropriate conservation strategies.
What can I do at NH Wildlife Sightings
Which wildlife species can I report to NH Wildlife Sightings?
- Report your observations of wildlife species.
- Report animals killed or observed on roadways.
- Use a mapping tool to identify the location of your observation.
- Upload photographs with your observation to allow wildlife professionals to verify your species indentifications.
- View records that you have submitted to the website and add new observations to ‘Sites’ you have already established.
- View town distribution maps for wildlife species.
- Track your wildlife observations for a particular area over time.
Not all species found in NH can be reported through this website but many can. Species not currently listed on the website may be added over time as the need and interest arises. Initially, NH Wildlife Sightings is focused on: (a) species identified in the NH Wildlife Action Plan as Species in Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) and (b) taxonomic groups with existing reporting programs in NH. For example, all reptiles and amphibians can be reported through the NH Wildlife Sightings because NH Fish & Game has coordinated a citizen based Reptile and Amphibian Reporting Program (RAARP) since 1992.
Click here for a list of wildlife species that you can enter into the Wildlife Sightings website and view town maps of where species have been reported.
Learn how to enter your observations
For an overview of the wildlife sightings data entry process, click here.
How will I report the location of my observation?
To learn more about the site in general, click on About.
You will need to know precisely where you observed the wildlife species. Once you login with your User Name and password and choose to Add an Observation, you will have the option of either entering coordinates (e.g., latitude/longitude) from a GPS unit or using a mapping tool to click on the exact location of your observation. The location you identify on the map is referred to as a ‘Site’. Multiple observations of either different species or different dates can be entered at a single ‘Site’ without having to remap the location. New locations are remapped as new Sites.
Do I need to have formal training in wildlife biology to report observations?
There is no specific experience level needed to report wildlife observations to NH Wildlife Sightings. However, we encourage all participants to improve their skills in wildlife identification by using field guides and attending workshops and trainings. An intensive quality control and review process will be conducted by NH Fish & Game for all observations reported to NH Wildlife Sightings. Reporting your level of experience with different taxonomic groups (e.g., reptiles, birds, freshwater mussels, etc.) will aid biologists in verifying the quality of your records.
NH Wildlife Sightings Host
NH Wildlife Sightings was created through a joint effort of the NH Fish & Game Department, UNH Complex Systems Research Center, NH Natural Heritage Bureau, NH Audubon Society, and UNH Cooperative Extension. The site is being hosted by GRANIT at the UNH Complex Systems Research Center.
NH Wildlife Sightings was first developed in 2002 thanks to a grant from the Samuel P. Pardoe Foundation. Site improvements in 2008 were made possible by funding from the New Hampshire GIS Conservation Collaborative Fund for Geospatial Technologies and US Fish & Wildlife Service State Wildlife Grants provided by the NH Fish & Game Department.
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