The 6th Wisconsin Citizen-based Monitoring Conference

Friday April 5 – Saturday April 6, 2013
Hotel Mead, Wisconsin Rapids, WI

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After a five year hiatus, the 6th Wisconsin Citizen-based Monitoring Conference was held April 5-6, 2013 in Wisconsin's central sand plains at Hotel Mead in Wisconsin Rapids. The conference included the annual Water Action Volunteers symposium and celebrated the launch of the Wisconsin Master Naturalist program.

Friday’s schedule included presentations on the importance of citizen-collected data in tracking climate change impacts, the comparability of volunteer- vs. professional-collected data, data management for CBM projects, and state water monitoring priorities. The afternoon focused on making connections between citizen-based monitoring and natural resources decision-making with speakers from a broad cross-section of the resources we monitor. Friday evening featured an expanded poster session and social. The formal agenda concluded for the day with recognition of outstanding programs, citizens and youth or student monitors.

Saturday morning featured the unveiling of the Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program. Concurrent sessions followed with updates on CBM programs at nature centers from around the state and a session sponsored by the Water Action Volunteers program on emerging issues in water monitoring. The conference wrapped up with “Specialist Office Hours” featuring one-on-one access to an array of natural resource and project development specialists.

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