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.

August 2017
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!

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.

Swift Night Out
23 Aug 2017
Organization: Gaylord Nelson Audubon Society
Location: Simply Dunn - Dunn County Pottery, Menomonie
6pm. Observe swifts as the move to nighttime roosts. We will gather at Simply Dunn to watch the swifts as they gather and enter the chimney. This is a potluck. Bring a dish to pass, plates, utensils, binoculars, and a lawn chair.

Dragonflies and Monarchs - A Perfect Pairing
26 Aug 2017
Organization: Urban Ecology Center
Location: Washington Park, Milwaukee
11am-1pm. Catch and identify dragonfly (and damselfly) species of Washington Park. Then, take a side adventure to find and count all of the monarch caterpillars in the park. Learn survey techniques and the life cycles of two fascinating insects.

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!

Wisconsin Master Naturalist Training
27 Aug 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Organization: UW-Extension, Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary
Location: Sarona
Sun., Aug. 27, 6-8 p.m.; Mon., Aug. 28-Fri., Sept. 1, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Master Naturalists are committed volunteers who participate in conservation education, stewardship, and citizen science.

Monarch Monitoring Training
30 Aug 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Master Naturalists, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin
Location: UW-Madison Arboretum, Madison
9-4pm. Get trained to participate in monarch monitoring. Advanced training for Master Naturalist volunteers, but anyone is welcome. Register by Aug 22. Additional training on Aug 4 for groups that want to learn to train volunteers.

September 2017
Swift Night Out, 1 Sep 2017
Organization: Madison Audubon Society
Location: Cherokee Heights Middle School, Madison
6:30-8pm. Bring a lawn chair and binoculars to observe and count swifts as they gather at communal roosts before fall migration to South America.

Dragonflies and Monarchs - A Perfect Pairing , 6 Sep 2017
Organization: Urban Ecology Center
Location: Washington Park, Milwaukee
1-3pm. Catch and identify dragonfly (and damselfly) species of Washington Park. Then, take a side adventure to find and count all of the monarch caterpillars in the park. Learn survey techniques and the life cycles of two fascinating insects.

Swift Night Out, 8 Sep 2017 - 10 Sep 2017
Organization:
Location: statewide
Locate a Chimney Swift roost in your area, choose a night to monitor, and count swifts for 30 minutes.

Bird Banding Demonstration, 9 Sep 2017
Organization: North Lakeland Discovery Center
Location: Manitowish Waters
1-3:30pm. Adults and kids will enjoy seeing live birds up close and learning about bird ecology and research through bird banding.

Northern Saw-whet Owl Banding Training, 13 Sep 2017 - 14 Sep 2017
Organization: Beaver Creek Reserve
Location: Fall Creek
5am-12pm Wed & Thurs. Learn how you can participate in the Saw-whet Owl banding program, which takes place September-November. Register by Sept 10.

Sound Off- Bat Monitoring Night Hike, 14 Sep 2017
Organization: Riveredge Nature Center
Location: Newburg
7:30-9pm. Bats use echolocation to build up a sonic map of their surroundings, but its hard to hear the bats. Join us to SEE the bat calls come to life as we hike through Riveredge at night and visualize their sound with a high-tech bat detector.

Monarchs and Migration, 16 Sep 2017
Organization: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Location: Milwaukee
1-3pm. Learn about the life cycle, threats and programs that support these amazing butterflies. We will also venture out with nets and tags to participate in an international Monarch study. Registration is required.

All About Monarchs, 16 Sep 2017
Organization: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Location: Milwaukee
10-11:30am. Families with young children can be Citizen Scientists! Learn about monarchs in an interactive, child-friendly way, & venture out with nets and tags to join an international monarch study! Registration required.

Wolf Howl, 19 Sep 2017
Organization: North Lakeland Discovery Center
Location: Manitowish Waters
7-10pm. Learn about the ecology and adaptations of wolves as well as their history and current status in Wisconsin. Travel to wolf territory and perform a survey by howling at wolves. Transportation provided. Registration required.

Mussel Monitoring Training, 20 Sep 2017
Organization: Riveredge Nature Center
Location: Saukville
9-11:30am. Learn about freshwater mussels, the Wisconsin Mussel Monitoring Program, and search for mussels in the Milwaukee River.

Odonate (Dragonflies & Damselflies) Surveys in Riverside Park, 22 Sep 2017
Organization: Urban Ecology Center
Location: Riverside Park, Milwaukee
2:30-4:30pm. Discover the secret life of odonates, odonate facts, and biology, and everyone will get a chance to hold a live creature in hand!

Odonate (Dragonflies & Damselflies) Surveys at Menomonee Valley, 30 Sep 2017
Organization: Urban Ecology Center
Location: Riverside Park, Milwaukee
11am-1pm. Discover the secret life of odonates and the fascinating feats they are capable of. Surveys teach us fun odonate facts and biology. Nimble participants will get a chance to hold a live creature in hand!

October 2017
November 2017
December 2017
January 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 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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

Wisconsin Master Naturalist Training, 3 Aug 2017 - 7 Oct 2017
Organization: UW-Extension, Wisconsin DNR, Milwaukee Recreation.
Location: Kettle Moraine Southern State Forest, Delafield
Thursday evenings & Saturdays. Master Naturalists are committed volunteers who participate in conservation education, stewardship, and citizen science.

Wisconsin Master Naturalist Training, 21 Aug 2017 - 20 Sep 2017
Organization: UW-Extension, North Lakeland Discovery Center
Location: Manitowish Waters
Primarily weekdays 9-5. Master Naturalists are committed volunteers who participate in conservation education, stewardship, and citizen science.

Wisconsin Master Naturalist Training, 5 Sep 2017 - 12 Oct 2017
Organization: UW-Extension, Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Location: Milwaukee
Tuesday & Thursday 5:30-8pm., mandatory field trips: Sat Sept 23 and Sat Oct 7. Master Naturalists are committed volunteers who participate in conservation education, stewardship, and citizen science.



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