Participate in the conservation of Indiana’s fish, wildlife, and their habitats by sharing your observations with the Division of Fish & Wildlife.
The opportunity to observe wildlife exists in every county, city, and town across the state of Indiana. Division of Fish & Wildlife (DFW) staff cannot observe and document all wildlife across the state, so we’ve designed several ways for Hoosiers to help provide information. This information, along with the information collected by DFW staff, improves estimates of Indiana’s wildlife populations. Improved estimates help DFW make better informed decisions to ensure that wildlife persist for future generations to enjoy.
Observing wildlife is fun!
Hoosiers who volunteer to observe and report wildlife may find their outdoor experience is enhanced in a new way as they actively search for wildlife. Wildlife viewing is a fun outdoor activity anyone can do, even while enjoying other recreation like paddling or hunting.
Paddlecraft Wildlife Index
Summer Bat Roost Monitoring Project
Osprey, Eagle, and Great Blue Heron Reporting
Indiana Division of Fish & Wildlife is interested in reports about osprey, eagle, and great blue heron nests. Reports can be submitted to DFW@dnr.IN.gov. In your email, please include the nest location, photos of the bird(s), and photos of the nest.
- For help distinguishing between ospreys and bald eagles, please see identification information.
- For help identifying great blue herons, visit the Cornell Lab
As a reminder, observe nests from 330 feet away, which is roughly the length of a football field, and keep nest locations private.
Every report that DFW receives helps us understand the status of wildlife populations across the state. With more reports, DFW can make better decisions for how to manage wildlife now and into the future.
Interested in other types of volunteering? Visit on.IN.gov/dfwvolunteer to learn about the other ways you can share your passion for natural resources with DNR.
Questions? Contact DNRVolunteer@dnr.IN.gov