Event Calendar

The intent of this page is to provide a statewide list of upcoming citizen-based monitoring activities and events. Please contact us if there are any activities that you would like to have posted here. Want to know when major statewide CBM programs are active throughout the year? Click here.

June 2017
Wisconsin Bird Monitoring
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative
Location: statewide
Conduct monitoring of secretive marshbirds, owls, or nightjars along set survey routes.

Monarch Larva Monitoring Surveys
5 Jun 2017 - 29 Jun 2017
Organization: Urban Ecology Center
Location: Milwaukee
Mon, Tues, Thurs 11am-noon, various locations. Survey milkweed plants for monarch eggs and larvae.

Breeding Bird Atlas Blitz
25 Jun 2017
Organization: Beaver Creek Reserve
Location: Fall Creek
7-11am. Join us for a Breeding Bird Atlas Blitz as we spend the morning searching BCR to record as many breeding birds as possible. Ages 18+. $5. Register by 6/23

Public Bat Monitoring
26 Jun 2017
Organization: Mosquito Hill Nature Center
Location: New London
To assist the DNR with bat research, we will monitor the nature center property for bat presence throughout the summer. Well follow a pre-planned route around the property recording bat calls and location with an Anabat detector.

Clean Boats, Clean Waters Training
30 Jun 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension
Location: Arbor Vitae Community Center, Arbor Vitae
2-4pm. Get trained as a watercraft inspector, searching for invasive species. Existing volunteers in need of a refresher training also welcome.

July 2017
Douglas County Wildlife Area Barrens Birding, 1 Jul 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, Wisconsin DNR, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
Location: Solon Springs
7am. Explore the unique barrens habitats of the Douglas County Wildlife Area. Help contribute valuable data to this unique priority block for Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II.

Minocqua Atlas Blitz, 7 Jul 2017 - 9 Jul 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, Wisconsin DNR, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
Location: Kemp Natural Resources Field Station, Woodruff
Join Atlas county coordinators and birding experts for a weekend blitz in the beautiful northern habitat of Oneida County. Birders of all experience levels welcome. Registration required.

Beaver Creek Reserve Butterfly count, 10 Jul 2017
Organization: Beaver Creek Reserve
Location: Fall Creek
9:30am-4pm. Join other butterfly enthusiasts for the annual Beaver Creek Reserve Butterfly count. Count for 1 or more hours. Suitable for children 8 years and older, and adults. Register by July 6.

Mussel Monitoring Training, 14 Jul 2017
Organization: North Lakeland Discovery Center
Location: Manitowish Waters
10am-4pm. Join us as we 'dive' into the lives of freshwater mussels, including their biology, importance, and how volunteers can monitor them.

Acoustic Bat Survey, 15 Jul 2017
Organization: Beaver Creek Reserve
Location: Fall Creek
7:30-9:30pm. Join us to learn about Wisconsins bat species and how to conduct acoustic monitoring and bat roost monitoring surveys in the Chippewa Valley. Register by July 10.

Jung Hemlock-Beech Forest and Mountain-Bay State Trail, 15 Jul 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, Wisconsin DNR, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
Location: Gresham
7am-noon. Together you'll atlas the Jung Hemlock-Beech Forest State Natural Area and the Mountain-Bay State Trail. After atlasing in the morning, learn to enter the mornings atlas data into eBird at the Shawano County Library.

Bat Talk and Walk, 18 Jul 2017
Organization: North Lakeland Discovery Center
Location: Manitowish Waters
8:30-10pm. learn about Wisconsin bats, their benefits, threats and what you can do to protect them. Meet live bats and take a walk using a new piece of acoustic monitoring equipment, the Echometer Touch! Register by July 17.

Public Bat Monitoring, 24 Jul 2017
Organization: Mosquito Hill Nature Center
Location: New London
To assist the DNR with bat research, we will monitor the nature center property for bat presence throughout the summer. Well follow a pre-planned route around the property recording bat calls and location with an Anabat detector.

Invasive Species In Your Forest, 25 Jul 2017
Organization: UW-Stevens Point
Location: Schmeeckle Reserve, Stevens Point
9am-4:30pm. For educators: A professional development workshop to learn about invasive species and how to get your students involved in citizen science.

National Moth Week Citizen Science survey, 26 Jul 2017
Organization: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Location: Milwaukee
8-10pm. Learn about how moths differ from their daytime cousins, butterflies, and why they are so important to have them in the ecosystem. We will go outside to monitor bait trees & a UV station. Registration required.

Great Wisconsin Bat Count, 28 Jul 2017 - 30 Jul 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: Statewide
Find a bat roost near you, and count the bats that emerge at sunset. It's easy, fun, and important!

August 2017
AIS Bridge Snapshot Day, 5 Aug 2017
Organization: River Alliance of Wisconsin
Location: Statewide
Meet at a location near you & get trained to identify and monitor for aquatic invasive species. Then travel to a local bridge and look for invasives.

Bat Talk and Walk, 8 Aug 2017
Organization: North Lakeland Discovery Center
Location: Manitowish Waters
8:30-10pm. Learn about Wisconsin bats, their benefits, threats and what you can do to protect them. Meet live bats and take a walk using a new piece of acoustic monitoring equipment, the Echometer Touch! Register by 8/7.

Public Bat Monitoring, 21 Aug 2017
Organization: Mosquito Hill Nature Center
Location: New London
To assist the DNR with bat research, we will monitor the nature center property for bat presence throughout the summer. Well follow a pre-planned route around the property recording bat calls and location with an Anabat detector.

Wisconsin Bat Festival, 26 Aug 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources & Organization for Bat Conservation
Location: Mitchell Park Conservancy, Milwaukee
9am-5pm. A fun, family-friendly event where you can learn all about bats, including bat citizen science!

September 2017
October 2017
November 2017
Ongoing Events
Snapshot Wisconsin, 2 May 2016 - 31 Dec 2026
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: statewide
Improve our understanding of Wisconsin wildlife by hosting a trail camera or classifying wildlife photos online.

Wisconsin eBird, 1 Nov 2016 - 31 Dec 2027
Organization: eBird, WDNR, Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, Western Great Lakes Bird & Bat Observatory
Location: statewide
Submit any and all non-breeding bird observations. Track your life list, find birding hotspots, and contribute to important bird research and conservation.

Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas, 1 Feb 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, Wisconsin DNR, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
Location: statewide
5 year survey documenting the distribution and abundance of all birds species that breed in WI. Birders of all skill levels (novice-professional) are welcome!

Citizen Lake Monitoring Network, 15 Mar 2017 - 15 Nov 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension
Location: statewide
Monitor your lake's water clarity, water chemistry, ice on and ice off, and species composition. Trainings available.

American Kestrel Nestbox Monitoring Program, 15 Mar 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
Organization: American Kestrel Partnership
Location: statewide
Volunteers with the American Kestrel Partnership erect and monitor nest boxes for the birds. This serves the dual purpose of creating nesting habitat and providing data that can be used to investigate the kestrels decline.

KVR Frog Walk Tuesdays, 28 Mar 2017 - 18 Jul 2017
Organization: Kickapoo Valley Reserve
Location: La Farge
For each Tuesday evening beginning with March 28 through July 18th, come to the KVR for a short walk to participate in a single wetland frog survey on behalf of the WI Frog and Toad Survey.

Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey, 1 Apr 2017 - 31 Jul 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: statewide
Conduct calling surveys of frogs and toads along set driving routes or monitor the phenology of calls at a single location.

Wisconsin Turtle Conservation Program, 1 Apr 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: statewide
Report all turtle sightings, including road mortalities to the WTCP. Data are used to document distribution and abundance or turtles and to identify hazardous road crossings.

Bumble Bee Monitoring, 1 Apr 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
Organization: Xerces Society
Location: statewide
Photograph and report bumble bees. Not sure how to identify them? Don't worry! All identifications are verified by an expert.

Wisconsin Odonata Survey, 1 Apr 2017 - 30 Nov 2017
Organization: Wiscosin Department of Natural Resources
Location: statewide
Report observations of dragonflies and damselflies. Photographs of observations are recommended.

Water Action Volunteers- Stream Monitoring, 1 Apr 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension
Location: statewide
Monitor dissolved oxygen, temperature, transparency, stream flow, habitat, and macroinvertebrates. You'll get help setting up local stream monitoring programs, training to learn methods for monitoring, written methods, data sheets, and more.

Wisconsin Bird Monitoring, 1 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative
Location: statewide
Conduct monitoring of secretive marshbirds, owls, or nightjars along set survey routes.

Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, 15 Apr 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
Organization: UMN Monarch Lab
Location: statewide
Help document the distribution and abundance of breeding monarchs. Find a patch of milkweed and monitor it weekly for monarch eggs, larvae, and pupae.

Wisconsin Bat Program- Acoustic & Roost Monitoring, 15 Apr 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: statewide
Monitor bats at night by traveling a set route with an acoustic bat detector or by counting bats as they leave a summer roost (bat house, barn, attic).

Wisconsin Rare Plant Monitoring Program, 15 Apr 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: statewide
Verify historical locations of rare plants and monitor their status. All participants must complete the program's trainings (offered each spring) prior to volunteering.

Early Morning Bird Walks, 2 May 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
Organization: Urban Ecology Center
Location: Milwaukee
8-10am. Tues, Wed, Thurs. Various locations. Kick-start your day with fresh air and bird song. Interested bird watchers of all ability levels are invited. Binoculars available.

Odonate Surveys, 3 May 2017 - 30 Aug 2017
Organization: Urban Ecology Center
Location: Milwaukee
Wednesdays 11am-1pm, various locations. Discover the secret life of dragonflies & damselflies Everyone will get a chance to hold a live creature in hand!

Clean Boats, Clean Waters, 15 May 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension.
Location: statewide
Trained volunteers inspect watercraft for aquatic invasive species and report sightings.

Monarch Larva Monitoring Surveys, 5 Jun 2017 - 29 Jun 2017
Organization: Urban Ecology Center
Location: Milwaukee
Mon, Tues, Thurs 11am-noon, various locations. Survey milkweed plants for monarch eggs and larvae.

Master Naturalist Volunteer Training, 8 Jul 2017 - 19 Aug 2017
Organization: UW-Extension, Friends of Urban Nature
Location: Madison
Saturdays, July 8, July 15. July 22, August 5, August 12, August 19; 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Master Naturalists are committed volunteers who participate in conservation education, stewardship, and citizen science.



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