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.

December 2017
Early Morning Bird Walks
1 Sep 2017 - 31 Dec 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.

Crane Counts
1 Nov 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
Organization: The Aldo Leopold Foundation
Location: Baraboo
Help count fall-roosting sandhill cranes along the Wisconsin River. Biweekly counts will run from about 5:00 pm until dusk. Registration required.

Wolf Ecology & Management
10 Dec 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: Grantsburg
9am-3pm. Mandatory training for WI Volunteer Carnivore Tracking Program. Learn about the history of wolves in Wisconsin, wolf biology and ecology, and how wolves are monitored and managed. Register by Dec 3.

Community Research Symposium
12 Dec 2017
Organization: Urban Ecology Center
Location: Milwaukee
5:30-7pm. Students and volunteers of all ages conduct scientific research in the Urban Ecology Center's outdoor spaces. Meet these researchers and learn about their discoveries. This program will highlight original research conducted in 2016.

Christmas Bird Count- Minocqua
14 Dec 2017
Organization: North Lakeland Discovery Center
Location: Minocqua
Monitor the abundance of our winter resident birds. This is a great activity for beginner and experienced birders alike. Call ahead for details.

Owl Prowl
15 Dec 2017
Organization: Wehr Nature Center
Location: Wehr Nature Center
7-9pm. Join a naturalist for an evening out with the owls. An interactive program will highlight the habits and adaptations of our nocturnal neighbors. Then we will walk the woodlands of Wehr listening and looking for owls. Registration Required.

Christmas Bird Count- Manitowish Waters
16 Dec 2017
Organization: North Lakeland Discovery Center
Location: Manitowish Waters
Monitor the abundance of our winter resident birds. This is a great activity for beginner and experienced birders alike. Call ahead for details.

Christmas Bird Count - La Crosse
16 Dec 2017
Organization: Coulee Region Audubon Society
Location: La Crosse
If you enjoy counting birds, your help is needed in La Crosse, La Crescent, Onalaska, Barre Mills, Hokah, and part of Dakota. All skill levels welcome. Registration required.

Christmas Bird Count- Franklin
16 Dec 2017
Organization: Wehr Nature Center
Location: Franklin
9am-4pm. Help count birds wintering at Wehr! Youll meet some of the most talented and persistent birders in the area as we count birds in the most important and longest-running bird count. Registration Required.

Christmas Bird Count- Door County
16 Dec 2017
Organization: The Ridges
Location: Door County
There is no need to be an expert birder to participate. Many Christmas Birders tally species at their bird feeder, from the comfort of their homes. Others will travel searching Door Countys shorelines, roadsides and forests. Registration required.

Christmas Bird Count for Kids
16 Dec 2017
Organization: Woodland Dunes Nature Center & Preserve
Location: Two Rivers
9-11:30am. Kids can participate in one of the longest-running citizen science projects in the country by looking for and counting birds.

Christmas Bird Count - Three Bridges to Washington Park
16 Dec 2017
Organization: Urban Ecology Center
Location: Milwaukee
8am-5pm. Contribute to bird research during your morning hike -- join volunteers around the world for the annual Christmas Bird Count. Data we collect contribute to an international database of bird population trends. Registration required.

Christmas Bird Count- Kickapoo Valley Reserve
30 Dec 2017
Organization: Kickapoo Valley Reserve
Location: La Farge
11am-2pm. Teams of volunteers record bird species and their abundance within the circle. Most of the survey is conducted from a vehicles or bird feeders, but volunteers can also get out on foot. Registration required.

January 2018
Bald Eagle Watching Days, 12 Jan 2018 - 13 Jan 2018
Organization: Ferry Bluff Eagle Council
Location: Prairie du Sac
Eagle watching is best during the morning when the birds are most active fishing and are frequently seen perching in trees along the river. Spotting scopes are available for your use at Ferry Bluff Eagle Councils Overlook in Prairie du Sac.

Mid-Winter Eagle Monitoring, 13 Jan 2018
Organization: Thousand Islands, Northeast Wisconsin Alliance, Wisconsin DNR,
Location: Appleton & Fox River area
6:44-8:15 AM: Join monitors at various sites to take part in the State and National Midwinter Survey. Look for signs marking monitoring locations. 10:00-12:00 NOON: Reception at Atlas Waterfront Cafe and Gathering Room.

Wolf Ecology Workshop, 13 Jan 2018 - 14 Jan 2018
Organization: Treehaven, Wisconsin DNR
Location: Treehaven, Tomahawk
This workshop will cover wolf ecology, history, monitoring, and management, and includes a field trip in wolf country. Bring clothing for outdoors. Mandatory training for WI Volunteer Carnivore Tracking Program. Register by Jan 6.

Webinar- Volunteer Monitoring: Building Credibility, 17 Jan 2018
Organization: National Water Quality Monitoring Council
Location: online
1pm. From equipment testing, to study design, to internal/external methods, this session will provide an overview of quality assurance and quality control methods used by many programs to substantiate the credibility of their data.

Invasives: Winter I.D. and Management Workshop, 22 Jan 2018
Organization: Wisconsin First Detector Network
Location: Madison
Learn to id, report, and manage invasive species!

Invasives: Winter I.D. and Management Workshop, 25 Jan 2018
Organization: Wisconsin First Detector Network
Location: Riveredge Nature Center, Saukville
Learn how to identify, manage and monitor trees and shrubs during the dormant season with Riveredge restoration ecologists, Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, and UW Extension weed specialists.

Wolf Ecology Workshop, 27 Jan 2018 - 28 Jan 2018
Organization: Wisconsin DNR, Beaver Creek Reserve
Location: Beaver Creek Reserve, Fall Creek
This workshop will cover wolf ecology, history, monitoring, and management, and includes a field trip in wolf country. Bring clothing for outdoors. Mandatory training for WI Volunteer Carnivore Tracking Program. Registration required.

Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference, 28 Jan 2018 - 31 Jan 2018
Organization: WI DNR, WI Chapter of the Wildlife Society, WI Chapter of the American Fisheries Society
Location: Milwaukee
This annual event will attract over 1,000 biologists and students from state, federal, and tribal natural resources agencies from the Midwest. Monday and Wednesday will include multiple citizen science talks.

February 2018
Wolf Ecology Workshop, 3 Feb 2018 - 4 Feb 2018
Organization: Timber Wolf Information Network, Wisconsin DNR
Location: Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center, Babcock
This workshop will cover wolf ecology, history, monitoring, and management, and includes a field trip in wolf country. Bring clothing for outdoors. Mandatory training for WI Volunteer Carnivore Tracking Program. Registration required.

Frogs, Karner Blue Butterflies, and Trout: Fifty Years of Citizen Science, 8 Feb 2018
Organization: UW-Madison Arboretum
Location: Madison
9-11:30am. Part of a lecture series for naturalists in the greater Madison area. $10 registration required.

Science Day: An Annual Research Symposium, 15 Feb 2018
Organization: UW-Madison Arboretum
Location: Madison
9-11:30am. Students, faculty, and other researchers will present findings from projects on Arboretum land and in the Lake Wingra watershed. Free, no registration required.

Great Backyard Bird Count, 16 Feb 2018 - 19 Feb 2018
Organization: Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Audubon Society, Bird Studies Canada
Location: worldwide
Count birds and contribute to an annual snapshot of worldwide bird distribution and abundance! Everyone is welcome to participate!

Prairie du Chien Bald Eagle Appreciation Days , 23 Feb 2018 - 24 Feb 2018
Organization: Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce
Location: Prairie du Chien
If you enjoy watching Bald Eagles, visiting the Prairie du Chien area is a must! Prairie du Chien is along the migration route and is a normal wintering area for these birds on the Mississippi River valley.

Wisconsin Master Naturalist Instructor Training, 27 Feb 2018 - 28 Feb 2018
Organization: Wisconsin Master Naturalists
Location: Madison
Become an instructor for the Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program, which trains and supports volunteers in stewardship, citizen science, and environmental education.

March 2018
April 2018
May 2018
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.

Early Morning Bird Walks, 1 Sep 2017 - 31 Dec 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.

Deer Hunter Widllife Survey, 17 Sep 2017 - 8 Jan 2018
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: Statewide
Report the wildlife you see while deer hunting.

Wisconsin Volunteer Carnivore Tracking Program, 1 Nov 2017 - 31 Mar 2018
Organization: WDNR
Location: northern and central Wisconsin
Estimate the abundance and distribution of carnivores by observing the number and location of their tracks. Participants must attend training sessions before monitoring.

Crane Counts, 1 Nov 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
Organization: The Aldo Leopold Foundation
Location: Baraboo
Help count fall-roosting sandhill cranes along the Wisconsin River. Biweekly counts will run from about 5:00 pm until dusk. Registration required.

Project FeederWatch, 11 Nov 2017 - 6 Apr 2018
Organization: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Location: nationwide
Count birds visiting your feeder from the comfort of your own home. Registration required.

Christmas Bird Count, 14 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
Organization: National Audubon Society
Location: nationwide
Join one of the oldest citizen science projects in the country! Count birds on a single day. Find a circle near you!



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