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.

April 2017
Nocturnal Atlasing Week
21 Apr 2017 - 29 Apr 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Society for Ornithology
Location: statewide
Atlasers throughout WI will be donning their headlamps and heading out for some night birding during Nocturnal Atlasing Week, April 2129. This coincides with an early peak in owl calling & other nocturnal birds.

Snapshot Wisconsin Online Chat
25 Apr 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: online, Zooniverse Talk Boards
5-7pm. Ask questions about Snapshot Wisconsin, a statewide trail camera wildlife monitoring project. The research team will be online to respond.

Horicon Marsh Night Atlasing
25 Apr 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, Wisconsin DNR, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
Location: Horicon
Join the Horicon Marsh Birdclub as they lead a night hike on the Horicon Marsh listening for owls, rails, bitterns, and other marshbirds. Hopefully we will see the display flights of the American Woodcock and Wilson's Snipe.

Acoustic Bat Monitoring
26 Apr 2017
Organization: Beaver Creek Reserve
Location: Fall Creek
Join us to learn about Wisconsins bat species and how to conduct acoustic monitoring and bat roost monitoring surveys in the Chippewa Valley. To end the program we will step into the night and conduct acoustic monitoring.

Snapshot Wisconsin Field Trip
27 Apr 2017
Organization: Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin
Location: Sawyer County
Find out more about what is involved in hosting a Snapshot Wisconsin camera & participating in this statewide wildlife monitoring project.

Bird School
28 Apr 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
Organization: Beaver Creek Reserve
Location: Fall Creek
This fun and engaging course has been designed specifically for beginners who want to learn more about birds and take the next step in birding. This 2-½ day course combines classroom lectures, field trips, group lessons and hands-on activities.

Level 1 Stream Monitoring Training, Water Action Volunteers
29 Apr 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension
Location: Nature Nooks Retreat, Viroqua
10am-3pm. Learn to monitor temperature, stream flow, biotic index, habitat, dissolved oxygen, and transparency using Water Action Volunteer methods. Registration required.

Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas Southeast Kickoff
29 Apr 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, Wisconsin DNR, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
Location: Kenosha Public Library, Kenosha
concurrent presentations tailored to new and returning atlasers, the opportunity to meet county coordinators and expert birders from your region, and a field trip to a local hotspot.

Level 1 Stream Monitoring Training, Water Action Volunteers
29 Apr 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension
Location: Waunakee Village Center, Waunakee
Learn to monitor temperature, stream flow, biotic index, habitat, dissolved oxygen, and transparency using Water Action Volunteer methods.

Ashland - Night Atlasing Trip
29 Apr 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, Wisconsin DNR, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
Location: Ashland
Join Nick Anich and Ryan Brady for a night visit to some atlas blocks. Well try for snipe, woodcock, bittern, & owls. Open to everyone, whether you're a newer member of the Atlas team, a seasoned veteran, or just want to learn more.

Citizen Science Day at the UW Arboretum
29 Apr 2017
Organization: Madison Area Herpetological Society
Location: UW Arboretum, Madison
8am-noon. Bring a good camera, appropriate boots, waders, and footwear, and a love for nature and the outdoors. We will photograph and record our field herping findings, which may then be submitted to iNaturalist and other citizen science programs.

May 2017
Level 1 Stream Monitoring Training, Water Action Volunteers, 1 May 2017 - 2 May 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension
Location: UW-Platteville Memorial Park, Platteville
5-8pm. Learn to monitor temperature, stream flow, biotic index, habitat, dissolved oxygen, and transparency using Water Action Volunteer methods. Registration Required.

Dane County - Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas Overview Presentation, 3 May 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, Wisconsin DNR, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
Location: Middleton Public Library, Middleton
Overview of the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II, including highlights of what we've learned and how YOU can participate. Birdwatchers of all experience levels can contribute to this important effort if they can identify at least one bird species.

Water Action Volunteers- Online Refresher, 3 May 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension
Location: Online
Online refresher for existing WAV participants. Sessions will be held at noon and 7pm. Select one and register in advance.

Wisconsin First Detector Network Webinar- Citizen Science and Volunteer Opportunities, 5 May 2017
Organization: UW-Extension
Location: online
Citizen scientists (thats you!) gather extremely valuable information that can be used by researchers and natural resource managers in Wisconsin and beyond. Learn about volunteer opportunities that will let you flex your citizen science muscles.

Spring Bird Hike and Banding Demo, 6 May 2017
Organization: Beaver Creek Reserve
Location: Fall Creek
Spend the morning with Beaver Creek Bird Banders. Take a bird hike and learn about bird identification, bird behavior, and why we band them.

Level 1 Stream Monitoring Training, Water Action Volunteers, 6 May 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension
Location: UW-Waukesha Field Station, Oconomowoc
Learn to monitor temperature, stream flow, biotic index, habitat, dissolved oxygen, and transparency using Water Action Volunteer methods. Registration required.

Wisconsin Mussel Monitoring Program Training, 6 May 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: Neustadter Nature Center, Reedsville
Learn about freshwater mussels, the Wisconsin Mussel Monitoring Program, and participate in a nearby mark-recapture study on mussels.

Level 1 Stream Monitoring Training, Water Action Volunteers, 6 May 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension
Location: Amundson Center, Cambridge
Learn to monitor temperature, stream flow, biotic index, habitat, dissolved oxygen, and transparency using Water Action Volunteer methods. Registration required.

Level 1 Stream Monitoring Training, Water Action Volunteers, 6 May 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension
Location: Mother Earth Green Center, Steuben
Learn to monitor temperature, stream flow, biotic index, habitat, dissolved oxygen, and transparency using Water Action Volunteer methods. Registration required.

Level 1 Stream Monitoring Training, Water Action Volunteers, 6 May 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension
Location: Riveredge Nature Center, Newburg
Join Milwaukee Riverkeeper and Riveredge staff to learn how to assess the water quality of streams and rivers using Water Action Volunteer methods. Registration required.

Invasive Species Monitoring Workshop, 6 May 2017
Organization: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Location: Milwaukee
9:30am-12:30pm. We'll give you the tools to identify invasive species and introduce you to the Great Lakes Early Detection Network invasive species reporting app. To register call 414-352-2880 x0.

Level 1 Stream Monitoring Training, Water Action Volunteers, 6 May 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension
Location: Riverside Park, Waupaca
10am-3:30pm. Learn to monitor temperature, stream flow, biotic index, habitat, dissolved oxygen, and transparency using Water Action Volunteer methods. Registration required.

Level 1 Stream Monitoring Training, Water Action Volunteers, 8 May 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension
Location: Hurley
Time tbd. Learn to monitor temperature, stream flow, biotic index, habitat, dissolved oxygen, and transparency using Water Action Volunteer methods. Registration required.

Use Your Smartphone to Map and Report Invasive Species , 11 May 2017
Organization: Wisconsin First Detector Network
Location: Beaver Creek Reserve, Fall Creek
Learn about invasive species, their impacts in Wisconsin, tools to identify, and how you can help researchers by mapping your findings. WIFDN is a citizen science network that empowers people to take action against invasive species.

Northwoods Birding Festival, 12 May 2017 - 13 May 2017
Organization: North Lakeland Discovery Center
Location: Manitowish Waters
Join us in celebrating International Migratory Bird Day and our 13th annual birding festival with field outings, bird banding, & presentations by experts. Pre-registration: $50 ($40 members), $20 students and youth under 18. Same day: additional $5.

Wisconsin Mussel Monitoring Program Talk, 13 May 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: 1000 Islands Environmental Center, Kaukauna
Learn about local freshwater mussel ecology, their importance, and how you can contribute to their preservation. Also, discover what species of mussels can be found in your local watersheds.

Level 1 Stream Monitoring Training, Water Action Volunteers, 13 May 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension
Location: Town of Merton Town Hall, Merton
Learn to monitor temperature, stream flow, biotic index, habitat, dissolved oxygen, and transparency using Water Action Volunteer methods. Registration required.

Citizen Science Association Conference, 17 May 2017 - 20 May 2017
Organization: Citizen Science Association
Location: Saint Paul, MN
Join researchers, practitioners, and volunteers in exploring citizen science through talks, posters, workshops, a public festival and more!

Level 1 Stream Monitoring Training, Water Action Volunteers, 20 May 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension
Location: Turtle Creek Parkway Facility, Clinton
Learn to monitor temperature, stream flow, biotic index, habitat, dissolved oxygen, and transparency using Water Action Volunteer methods.

Water Action Volunteers- Level 1 Stream Monitoring Training, 21 May 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension
Location: Gilmanton Park, Gilmanton
10:00-4:00pm. learn to monitor temperature, streamflow, biotic index, habitat, dissolved oxygen, and transparency using WAV methods. Pre-registration required.

Mussel Mania!, 23 May 2017
Organization: Beaver Creek Reserve
Location: Fall Creek
Jesse Weinzinger, Conservation Biologist with the WDNR, will be joining us for an evening of mussels! This presentation will focus on the biology of freshwater mussels, their importance, and how volunteers can contribute to monitoring.

Acoustic Bat Monitor Refresher, 23 May 2017
Organization: North Lakeland Discovery Center
Location: Manitowish Waters
Already trained on the Acoustic Bat Monitoring equipment but would like a refresher of how to use the equipment before the survey season starts this is the program for you! Pre-registration required by 5/20.

Level 1 Stream Monitoring Training, Water Action Volunteers, 23 May 2017 - 24 May 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension
Location: Lafayette County
5:30-8:30pm. Learn to monitor temperature, stream flow, biotic index, habitat, dissolved oxygen, and transparency using Water Action Volunteer methods. Registration required.

Acoustic Bat Monitor Training, 24 May 2017
Organization: North Lakeland Discovery Center
Location: Manitowish Waters
Bats in Wisconsin are under threat of White Nose Syndrome. Learn how to join our Acoustic Bat Monitoring team and conduct surveys on your lake or property. A simple, hand-held device is used to conduct these 1 hour surveys. Register by 5/20.

Clean Boats, Clean Waters Training, 25 May 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: Forest Lake Boat Landing, Vilas County
Train to be a watercraft inspector by educating boaters and anglers about aquatic invasive species (AIS) at local boat landings. Participants will receive hands-on training of invasive species identification and organizing a volunteer group.

Clean Boats, Clean Waters Training, 26 May 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: Northland Pines High School, Eagle River
Train to be a watercraft inspector by educating boaters and anglers about aquatic invasive species (AIS) at local boat landings. Participants will receive hands-on training of invasive species identification and organizing a volunteer group.

Jung Hemlock-Beech Forest & Mountain-Bay State Trail Birding Trip, 27 May 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, Wisconsin DNR, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
Location: Shawano
Bird the Jung Hemlock-Beech Forest State Natural Area and the Mountain-Bay State Trail and learn to enter your data into the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas

Odonate (Dragonflies & Damselflies) Surveys at Washington Park, 29 May 2017
Organization: Urban Ecology Center
Location: Milwaukee
11am-1pm. Discover the secret life of odonates and the fascinating powers they possess. Surveys teach us odonate facts and biology and everyone will get a chance to hold a live creature in hand! Register in advance.

Acoustic Bat Survey - Washington Park, 30 May 2017
Organization: Urban Ecology Center
Location: Milwaukee
8:45-10pm. Identify the bat species in Three Bridges Park. Bats use echolocation calls beyond the range of human hearing to build sound picture of their surroundings. Well use a bat detector that makes these calls audible. Register in advance.

June 2017
Great Wisconsin Bat Count, 2 Jun 2017 - 4 Jun 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: statewide
Head outside at sundown and count bats as they emerge from bat houses and other roosts!

Clean Boats, Clean Waters Training, 3 Jun 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension
Location: Dayton Town Hall, Waupaca
9am-12pm. Get trained as a watercraft inspector, searching for invasive species. Registration required.

Wisconsin Master Naturalists Volunteer Training, 5 Jun 2017 - 10 Jun 2017
Organization: UW-Extension, Beaver Creek Reserve
Location: Fall Creek
8:00am-5:00pm. Master Naturalists are committed volunteers who participate in conservation education, stewardship, and citizen science.

Wisconsin Master Naturalists Volunteer Training, 5 Jun 2017 - 10 Jun 2017
Organization: UW-Extension, Cable Natural History Musuem
Location: Cable & Ashland, WI
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Master Naturalists are committed volunteers who participate in conservation education, stewardship, and citizen science.

Hidden Treasures  Fresh Water Mussels of Wisconsin, 6 Jun 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: Woodland Dunes Nature Center & Preserve, Two Rivers
9:30am-12pm. Learn about freshwater mussels, the Wisconsin Mussel Monitoring Program, and search for mussels in the East Twin River.

Clean Boats, Clean Waters Training, 9 Jun 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension
Location: North Lakeland Discovery Center, Manitowish Waters
10am-12pm. Get trained as a watercraft inspector, searching for invasive species. Existing volunteers in need of a refresher training also welcome.

Water Action Volunteers- Level 1 Stream Monitoring Training, 10 Jun 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension
Location: March Haven Nature Center, Waupun
9:30-3:00pm. learn to monitor temperature, streamflow, biotic index, habitat, dissolved oxygen, and transparency using WAV methods. Pre-registration required.

Wisconsin Society for Ornithology Annual Convention, 16 Jun 2017 - 19 Jun 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Society for Ornithology
Location: Potawatomi Carter Casino and Hotel, Wabeno
This year's theme is "Celebrating Citizen Science!" Come for the birding, field trips, and great talks!

Water Action Volunteers- Level 1 Stream Monitoring Training, 17 Jun 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension
Location: Kewaunee County
Time tbd. Learn to monitor temperature, streamflow, biotic index, habitat, dissolved oxygen, and transparency using Water Action Volunteer methods. Pre-registration required.

Aquatic Invasive Species Training, 20 Jun 2017
Organization: Beaver Creek Reserve Citizen Science Center
Location: Fall Creek
5-6:30pm. Learn to identify Aquatic Invasive Species and how to monitor your local lakes and rivers. Registration required.

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
August 2017
September 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.

Master Naturalist Volunteer Training, 27 Mar 2017 - 15 May 2017
Organization: UW-Extension
Location: Wehr Nature Center, Franklin
Master Naturalists are committed volunteers who participate in conservation education, stewardship, and citizen science. Monday evenings, 5:30-8:30 p.m., March 27-May 15, 2017. Also, full-day field trips will be held April 22 and May 6.

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.

Master Naturalist Volunteer Training, 22 Apr 2017 - 3 Jun 2017
Organization: UW-Extension
Location: Waupaca
Master Naturalists are committed volunteers who participate in conservation education, stewardship, and citizen science. Saturdays, April 22, 29, May 6, 20, June 3, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Master Naturalist Volunteer Training, 13 May 2017 - 25 Jun 2017
Organization: UW-Extension
Location: Blue Mounds
Master Naturalists are committed volunteers who participate in conservation education, stewardship, and citizen science. Class meets on weekends.

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.

Wisconsin Master Naturalists Volunteer Training, 15 Jun 2017 - 8 Jul 2017
Organization: UW-Extension, Pheasant Branch Conservancy
Location: Middleton
Master Naturalists are committed volunteers who participate in conservation education, stewardship, and citizen science. June 15: 5:30 p.m.  8:30 p.m. June 16 & 17, 23 & 24, and July 8: 9:00 a.m.  5:00 p.m.



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