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.

February 2018
Webinar- Citizen Science Day 2018
14 Feb 2018
Organization: Citizen Science Association
Location: online
2-3pm. Interested in hosting a 2018 Citizen Science Day event? Join us on February 14, 2018 to learn from both 2016 hosts and 2017 event organizers about planning Citizen Science Day activities at your site. 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!

Wetland Science Conference
20 Feb 2018 - 22 Feb 2018
Organization: Wisconsin Wetlands Association
Location: Oconomowoc
The two-day conference includes a keynote address, organized symposia, topical oral sessions, a poster session, working groups, a banquet, and field trips to area wetlands.

Frog Watch USA
22 Feb 2018
Organization: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Location: Milwaukee
3:30-6:30pm. FrogWatch USA is a citizen science project that invites participants to learn about local wetlands and identify frogs and toads by their calls. Learn to identify calls. Registration required.

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
Citizen Science: Ephemeral Ponds, 3 Mar 2018
Organization: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Location: Milwaukee
11am-1pm. Salamanders, frogs, and crayfish are just a few of the amazing critters you can find in an ephemeral pond. Learn all about these elusive animals and how you can monitor and study them. Registration required.

Bird & Nature Outing- Citizen Science, 3 Mar 2018
Organization: Friends of Urban Nature, City of Madison
Location: Tenney Park, Madison
2:30-4:00pm. Join us for a walk around Tenney Park as we explore ways you can contribute to real science in your local urban park.

Webinar- INTRODUCING THE CITIZEN SCIENCE GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP, 7 Mar 2018
Organization: Eye on Earth
Location: online
7-8am. A new global citizen science secretariat was launched at the Science-Policy-Business Forum of the UN-Environment in December 2017. Learn about it during the webinar.

Citizen Scientist to PhD: A Story of Dragonflies, Helicopters, and Climate Change, 8 Mar 2018
Organization: UW-Madison Arboretum
Location: Madison
9-11:30. Ami Thompson will describe how she went from an avid citizen scientist to a PhD student working with citizen science. Registration required.

Rare Plant Monitoring Program training, 17 Mar 2018
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: Necedah National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Necedah
10am-2pm. Mandatory training for participating in the WI Rare Plant Monitoring Program. Learn how you can conduct surveys for rare plants around the state.

Invasive Plants on Your Land, 17 Mar 2018
Organization: Wisconsin First Detector Network, Southwest Badger RC&D Council, and Kickapoo Valley Reserve
Location: La Farge
9:30am-1:30pm. Learn how to I.D., monitor, and manage invasive plants. Bring your questions for our presenters. RSVP by March 9.

Spring Bird Count for Kids, 19 Mar 2018
Organization: Beaver Creek Reserve
Location: Fall Creek
Get your kids involved in birding! Children age 4-7 must be accompanied by an adult. Children 8-12 should be prepared to spend time outside. Registration and full payment required by March 13. $6-8

Wisconsin Summit for Natural Resources Volunteers, 22 Mar 2018 - 24 Mar 2018
Organization: Wisconsin DNR, UW-Extension
Location: Eau Claire
Joint conference of the Wisconsin Citizen-based Monitoring Network and Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program, featuring trainings, networking opportunities, project talks, & more. Registration required.

6th Annual Fox River Summit, 23 Mar 2018
Organization: Southeast Fox River Partnership
Location: Burlington
Gather together to learn about and discuss the conservation, ecology, and management of the Fox River area. Registration required.

Citizen Science Spring Kick-off, 27 Mar 2018
Organization: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Location: Milwaukee
6-8pm. We are looking for eager community volunteers to help monitor conservation efforts at the Center! Learn more about our new and ongoing Citizen Science projects. Registration required.

Rare Plant Monitoring Program training, 31 Mar 2018
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: Ruth Culver Community Library, Prairie du Sac
10am-2pm. Mandatory training for participating in the WI Rare Plant Monitoring Program. Learn how you can conduct surveys for rare plants around the state.

April 2018
Citizen Science: Plant Survey Orientation, 7 Apr 2018
Organization: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Location: Milwaukee
10-11:30am. Calling all plant enthusiasts! Whether your interest is just budding or in full bloom, wed like to get you involved in surveying our plants here at Schlitz Audubon. Email SManning@schlitzaudubon.org to register.

Rare Plant Monitoring Program training, 7 Apr 2018
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: Burlington Public Library, Burlington
10am-2pm. Mandatory training for participating in the WI Rare Plant Monitoring Program. Learn how you can conduct surveys for rare plants around the state.

Bird Banding 101, 11 Apr 2018
Organization: Beaver Creek Reserve
Location: Fall Creek
8am-12:30pm. Are you interested in joining Beaver Creek Reserves Bird Banding Crew? Join us for an introduction to bird banding. Participants will learn how to safely capture & handle birds. Register by 4/5. $50

Midwest Crane Count, 13 Apr 2018 - 14 Apr 2018
Organization: North Lakeland Discovery Center
Location: Manitowish Waters
We invite beginner & experienced birders to join us in the morning on April 14 to count cranes across Vilas County. Plan to attend a brief training on the day prior to the count to review protocol and determine logistics. Registration required.

Citizen Science Day, 14 Apr 2018
Organization: Citizen Science Association, SciStarter
Location: nationwide
Citizen Science Day is an annual event to celebrate and promote all things citizen science: amazing discoveries, incredible volunteers, hardworking practitioners, inspiring projects, and anything else citizen science-related!

Annual Midwest Crane Count, 14 Apr 2018
Organization: International Crane Foundation
Location: statewide
5:30-7:30am. Count cranes at local wetlands & birding locations. Registration with county coordinator required.

Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey- Schlitz Audubon, 17 Apr 2018
Organization: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Location: Milwaukee
7pm. Join us at sunset when we will carpool to ten frog and toad roadside listening stations in northern Milwaukee County. Learn how to identify Wisconsins frog and toad species by call. Contact mallison@schlitzaudubon.org with questions.

Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention and Water Action Volunteers Symposium, 18 Apr 2018 - 20 Apr 2018
Organization: UW-Extension
Location: Stevens Point
Connect with fellow organization leaders, volunteer monitors, resource managers, researchers, service providers and educators. Attend talks, trainings, and networking events. Registration required.

Frog Fest, 18 Apr 2018
Organization: Beaver Creek
Location: Fall Creek
7-10pm. The Wisconsin Frog Fest circuit hosts 11 frog species and 1 toad. Join as Reserve staff helps you to identify species by sight and sound. Register by 4/16. $3-8

Earth Day Workday, 22 Apr 2018
Organization: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Location: Milwaukee
10am-12pm, 2-4pm. Help us honor, celebrate and work for the Earth! We will collect litter from the shoreline and record our findings with the Alliance for the Great Lakes. Many other activities too! RSVP to SManning@schlitzaudubon.org

May 2018
June 2018
July 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.

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.

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.

Early Morning Bird Walks, 2 Jan 2018 - 27 Dec 2018
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.

Wisconsin Master Naturalist Training, 17 Mar 2018 - 20 Oct 2018
Organization: UW-Extension
Location: Carpenter Nature Center, Hastings, MN
3rd Sat. of the month through Oct. Master Naturalists are committed volunteers who participate in conservation education, stewardship, and citizen science. Covers geology, ecology, plant communities, wildlife, interpretation, water, & human impacts.



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