The 7th Wisconsin Citizen-based Monitoring Conference
Friday April 1 – Saturday April 2, 2016
Holiday Inn and Convention Center, Stevens Point, WI
The 7th Wisconsin Citizen-based Monitoring Conference was held April 1-2, 2016 in Stevens Point. The conference partnered with the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention and the annual Water Action Volunteers symposium.
The first day of the conference contained programming from both the Lakes Partnership and the Citizen-based Monitoring Network. Citizen science, aquatic invasive species, and natural history of Wisconsin wildlife were all popular topics. Professor Ben Zuckerberg from UW-Madison and environmental adventurer Alyssum Pohl gave plenary talks. Friday afternoon's poster session allowed attendees a chance to view and discuss 60 different posters on citizen-based monitoring, and the Friday evening banquet recognized both Water Action Volunteer and CBM award winners.
Saturday kicked off with a talk on the role of the CBM Network and an introduction to the new CBM Coordinator, Eva Lewandowski. Conference-goers also participated in Water Action Volunteer training sessions and sessions on volunteer perspectives and technology in citizen-based monitoring. The day ended with Specialist Office Hours, at which specialists from over 15 different types of monitoring efforts were on hand to answer questions about monitoring, ecology, and more.