Whether you are looking to report a wildlife sighting or incident, or want to help with fish, wildlife, and plant data collection, these links to our forms will help you get involved.


Black Bear Incident Reporting
Bear troubles? Report incidents of property damage by bears, visits to birdfeeders, compost bins or garbage, bears on porches or decks, damage to bee hives, corn or other crops, and any incident where you feel threatened by a bear.


Sick Acting Bats
Use this form to report bats flying during the daytime, bats having trouble flying, bats dying, and bats exhibiting a white fungus on the face or wings.

Bat Colonies
Use this form to report current or historic bat colonies. Colony sizes may vary from a few individuals upwards of several hundred and are often located in attics, barns or under shingles.

Incidental Take of Little Brown Bats
Use this form to report the incidental take of endangered little brown bats due to potential human rabies exposure. A broad incidental take permit allows the take/killing of four (4) little brown bats.

Animal Damage/Pest Control - Reporting of Nuisance Bat Work
This form is for Animal Damage/Pest Control professionals to report nuisance bat work conducted in Vermont.


Wild Turkey Brood Survey
Help the department monitor spring turkey production by recording wild turkey sightings for the month of August using our web-based survey.


A rare species is one that has only a few populations in the state and faces threats to its continued existence in Vermont. 

Use these links to report sightings of rare species.

Not sure if what you found is a rare species? Check the lists below to be sure.


Natural communities are an assemblage of plants and animals that are found recurring across a specific landscape under similar environmental conditions where natural processes, rather than human disturbances, prevail.

download a list of Vermont's natural communities

Use this form to describe the location and detailed ecology (soils, slope, vegetation composition, etc.) of a natural community.

Vernal Pools

Vernal pools are small depressions in forests that fill with water in the spring and fall. Vegetation is usually sparse or absent, although adjacent forest trees may shade the pool. They provide breeding habitat for many salamanders and frogs and have characteristic populations of fairy shrimp, fingernail clams, snails, water fleas, and copepods.

Use this form to describe the location and general ecology of a vernal pool.

Site Summary Form

Use this form to describe the location and general ecological conditions of a site, as well as to list the specific rare and uncommon species and the significant natural communities that have been found or searched for at the site.