In the spirit that everyone can be a scientist, there are many ways to contribute to the site:

Photos, videos, and audio recordings can be subitted providing they meet the guidelines listed below.

Periodically, NYW will be conducting statewide wildlife surveys. Input from citizens across the state is essential for the success of such studies. Check out Current Surveys for more info on how to participate in data collection.

Are you an expert in Entomology, Herpetology, Mammology, Ornithology, or Ichtheology? We can't be an expert in everything, and occasionally we come across specimens that cannot be positively identified to the species level. Check Unknown Specimens to take a crack at it.



Add to the Collection!


Because we cannot be everywhere at once, user submissions are of great value to the site. However, in order to ensure the quality of specimens and the accuracy of data they represent, there are a few guidelines that must be followed. Use of any submissions is up to the discretion of www.newyorkwildlife.org, and does not necessarily reflect the quality or our personal opinion about the submission.



  • Photos/videos/audio should be of your own creation
  • Specimens must be from New York State.
  • Specimens must be dated to at least the month and year of when they were collected. The more specific the better.
  • Specimens must be submitted with information about the location where they were found, (At minimum to the county level).
  • Media must clearly show the species of the animal. (Unless you find something like the Montauk monster.)

To email submissions, click the button below. Remember to include the date, location, and how you would like to be credited (full name, initials, etc.) should we use your submission.