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Reporting Rare Wildlife Sightings



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.


1. Fill out the sighting report form (pdf, 1.3mb).
    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. It takes several clicks to zoom in until the aerial photo displays.)
  • Use the satellite-derived images available at
3. E-mail completed surveys to:

or mail* to: Endangered and Nongame Species Program
NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife
P.O. Box 420
Mail Code 501-03
Trenton, NJ 08625-0420

*due to COVID-19, mailed surveys are being received, but they are being sorted and processed by staff only periodically

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

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

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Department of Environmental Protection
P. O. Box 402
Trenton, NJ 08625-0402

Last Updated: August 25, 2018