Step by step instructions for getting started with
Watch the Wild™
1. Select your observation location*. Choose from the options below:
* Note: you can have more than one site to monitor if desired, but each site must be treated and reported on individually.
2. Research your chosen location and submit a description of your location(s). Description should include the following information:
Watch and report on wildlife. (refer to the Resource list for help identifying wildlife.)
Please submit photo(s) if possible
Note that it's important to report on wildlife that's alive and wildlife that you might see that's not alive. By reporting on all types of wildlife, we find out about what goes on in the day as well as what happens in the night hours.
Remember to report not only what you see or hear, but also what you should be seeing and/or hearing, but are not.
For example, if you normally observe Blue Jays and they are not being seen or heard in your area, we would like that reflected in your observations as well.
4. Watch and report on wild flowers, trees, and plants. (refer to the Resource list found on this page for help identifying flowers, plants, and trees)
Example 1: I noticed that the maple trees' leaves are beginning to change to red.
Example 2: Garlic Mustard is on the border of my location, and it looks like Mile-a-Minute is just beginning to show.
Example 3: the Mountain Pine Beetle is beginning to affect a stand of pine trees at my location.
Please submit photos.
5. Watch and report on wild weather.
6. Report on Water Conditions (if monitoring a site near water)
Example: water color was grayish or a sheen on the water was noted. Also for example: dead fish or birds were observed floating on the water.
7. Record your observations on the Watch the Wild™ Observation Form. (Click here for Form)
8. Submit your observations to the Watch the Wild™ Coordinator:
Attn: Watch the Wild
PO Box 506
DuBois, PA 15801.