Working with Citizen Scientists for Wildlife by Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

Ohio’s wildlife action plan involves numerous partners, including Ohio citizens. The Ohio Division of Wildlife sponsors volunteer-based statewide survey efforts through the Frog and Toad Calling Survey, Breeding Bird Survey, Long-term Butterfly Monitoring Program, Winter Bird Survey, Salamander Monitoring Program, Wetland Breeding Bird Survey, and the Ohio Spider Survey. 

These endeavors engage hundreds of wildlife enthusiasts in meaningful data collection to provide seasonal, annual, and long-term changes in wildlife populations, both in response to natural processes and habitat modifications. Ohio’s citizen scientists help the Division identify vulnerable species and observe declines before species become imperiled. They also document species-rich habitats to target for conservation. These collaborative efforts will conserve Ohio’s wildlife and vital natural areas for future generations.

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