Get to Know Local Wildlife Get to know the wildlife around you. All you need to get started is a pair of binoculars, a field guide and a sense of adventure! We share our spaces with an amazing variety of wildlife. Check out the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Species Guide Index for a great introduction to local wildlife species. Some—like birds and squirrels—are more visible than others. The closer you pay attention, the more likely you’ll be to see the more secretive or hidden animals. Be a Citizen Scientist You can help scientists learn about native species by observing the wildlife around you! Everyday citizens, just like you, collect and submit data on the wildlife they see in their own communities. This strategy allows scientists access to huge amounts of data that they would not be able to collect otherwise to study how wildlife populations change over time. Here are some citizen science projects you and your family can contribute to today!