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.

October 2017
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.

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 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.

Conversations About Conservation - Urban Wildlife
16 Oct 2017
Organization: Upper Sugar River Watershed Association
Location: Wisconsin Brewing Company, Verona
6:30-8:00pm. Professor David Drake will talk about wildlife in urban areas, including current research being done to track coyotes around the UW-Madison campus.

Fall Bird Banding
17 Oct 2017
Organization: Urban Ecology Center
Location: Menomonee Valley, Milwaukee
7:30am-12:30pm. Join the Urban Ecology Center's Bird Banding team to learn about the migratory birds passing through our green spaces. Lucky participants will get to hold a wild bird in their hands.

Fall Bird Banding
19 Oct 2017
Organization: Urban Ecology Center
Location: Riverside Park, Milwaukee
6:45am-12pm. Join the Urban Ecology Center's Bird Banding team to learn about the migratory birds passing through our green spaces. Lucky participants will get to hold a wild bird in their hands.

Oriental Bittersweet Monitoring on the St. Croix River
20 Oct 2017
Organization: St. Croix River Association
Location: Stillwater, MN
9:30am-3:30pm. Get trained to ID and monitor oriental bittersweet, and then monitor the river shoreline by powerboat, pontoon or kayak. Registration required.

Wolf Howl
20 Oct 2017
Organization: North Lakeland Discovery Center
Location: Manitowish Waters
7-10pm. Learn about ecology, adaptations, history, & current status of wolves in WI. Following this short presentation, travel to wolf territory and perform a survey by howling at wolves. Transportation provided. Registration required. $10-$22

Wolf Ecology Workshop
21 Oct 2017
Organization: Timber Wolf Alliance, Wisconsin DNR
Location: Northland College, Ashland
9am-3pm. Mandatory training for WI Volunteer Carnivore Tracking Program. basics of wolf ecology and management, including natural history, identification, monitoring, wolf-human conflicts. Registration required.

Upper Sugar River Watershed Association Open House
26 Oct 2017
Organization: Upper Sugar River Watershed Association
Location: Tuvalu Coffeehouse & Gallery, Verona
5:30-7:30pm. Learn about what the USRWA has accomplished recently, including several great citizen science projects.

November 2017
Wisconsin Science Festival, 2 Nov 2017 - 5 Nov 2017
Organization: UW-Madison, WARF, Morgridge Institute for Research
Location: statewide
A four-day statewide celebration of science with events for all ages. Visit the festival website to search for events near you.

Southeastern Wisconsin Conservation Summit, 3 Nov 2017 - 4 Nov 2017
Organization: Western Great Lakes Bird & Bat Observatory
Location: Forest Beach Migratory Preserve, Port Washington
The two-day summit will focus on past, current, and future research and monitoring, conservation advocacy, and ecological restoration in Southeastern Wisconsin, including ample citizen-based monitoring work. Registration required.

Lake Michigan Birding, 4 Nov 2017
Organization: Madison Audubon
Location: Lake Michigan Shoreline
6:30am-4:00pm. Carpool from Madison for birding the Lake Michigan shoreline during the migration of waterfowl through Milwaukee, Ozaukee, and Sheboygan Counties,

Carnivore Tracking Class, 4 Nov 2017
Organization: Wisconsin DNR
Location: Peshtigo
9am-3pm. Mandatory training for WI Volunteer Carnivore Tracking Program. Learn to identify tracks of medium to large size carnivores that inhabit Wisconsin, as well as a few other common Wisconsin mammals. Register by Oct 28.

Volunteer Carnivore Track Training & Refresher Class, 4 Nov 2017
Organization: Timber Wolf Alliance, Wisconsin DNR
Location: Northland College, Ashland
9am-3pm. Mandatory training for WI Volunteer Carnivore Tracking Program. basics of tracking medium to large size carnivores in Wisconsin, including track identification, gait patterns, and conducting snow track survey. Registration required.

Wolf Ecology & Management, 5 Nov 2017
Organization: Wisconsin DNR
Location: Peshtigo
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 Oct 29.

Project FeederWatch begins!, 11 Nov 2017
Organization: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Location: nationwide
Count birds visiting your feeder from the comfort of your own home. This is the first day of a project that runs through the beginning of April.

Carnivore Tracking Class, 11 Nov 2017
Organization: Wisconsin DNR
Location: Rhinelander
9am-3pm. Mandatory training for WI Volunteer Carnivore Tracking Program. Learn to identify tracks of medium to large size carnivores that inhabit Wisconsin, as well as a few other common Wisconsin mammals. Register by Nov 4.

Wolf Ecology & Management , 12 Nov 2017
Organization: Wisconsin DNR
Location: Rhinelander
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 Nov 5.

December 2017
Carnivore Tracking Class, 2 Dec 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: Hayward
9am-3pm. Mandatory training for WI Volunteer Carnivore Tracking Program. Learn to identify tracks of medium to large size carnivores that inhabit Wisconsin, as well as a few other common Wisconsin mammals. Register by Nov 25.

Carnivore Tracking Class, 2 Dec 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: Babcock
9am-3pm. Mandatory training for WI Volunteer Carnivore Tracking Program. Learn to identify tracks of medium to large size carnivores that inhabit Wisconsin, as well as a few other common Wisconsin mammals. Register by Nov 25.

Wolf Ecology & Management, 3 Dec 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: Hayward
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 Nov 26.

Birding Madison's Lakes, 9 Dec 2017
Organization: Madison Audubon
Location: Madison
7:30-11:00am. Carpool from UW Parking Lot 60. We will look for waterfowl, gulls, and winter birds.

Carnivore Tracking Class, 9 Dec 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: Grantsburg
9am-3pm. Mandatory training for WI Volunteer Carnivore Tracking Program. Learn to identify tracks of medium to large size carnivores that inhabit Wisconsin, as well as a few other common Wisconsin mammals. Register by Dec 2.

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.

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.

January 2018
February 2018
March 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.

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.

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 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.

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 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, 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.

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.



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