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. Find out when major statewide CBM programs are active throughout the year.
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Spring Bird Count for Kids
27 Apr 2019
Organization: Beaver Creek Reserve
Location: Fall Creek
Gather your 4-12yr olds to celebrate birds and encourage your young ones to take an active role in citizen science. We will start out learning about birds and binoculars & then break into age groups for fun activities. Registration required $6-8.

Madison Bird and Nature Festival
28 Apr 2019
Organization: Madison Friends of Urban Nature (FUN), Madison Parks, Friends of Cherokee Marsh
Location: Warner Park, Madison
1-4pm. FREE hands-on activities, educational exhibits and nature exploration, including information on citizen science opportunities!

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.

Project FeederWatch, 10 Nov 2018 - 5 Apr 2019
Organization: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Location: nationwide
Count birds at your feeder for citizen science! $18 registration required.

Early Morning Bird Walks, 1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019
Organization: Urban Ecology Center
Location: Milwaukee
8-10am. Tues & Wed. Various locations. Kick-start your day with fresh air and bird song. Interested bird watchers of all ability levels are invited. Binoculars available.

Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas, 1 Feb 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
Organization: Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, Wisconsin DNR, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
Location: statewide
Final year of a 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!

Wisconsin First Detector Network, 1 Mar 2019 - 31 Dec 2029
Organization: UW Extension
Location: statewide
Identify and report invasive species.

Citizen Lake Monitoring Network, 15 Mar 2019 - 15 Nov 2019
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 2019 - 30 Sep 2019
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 Master Naturalist Training, 16 Mar 2019 - 19 Oct 2019
Organization: UW-Extension, Carpenter Nature Center, St. Croix County Parks, The Friends of Willow River & Kinnickinnic State Parks, and The Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center
Location: St. Croix Valley
Master Naturalists are dedicated, trained volunteers for environmental education, stewardship, and citizen science. Usually meets 3rd Saturday of the month. Registration required.

Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey, 1 Apr 2019 - 31 Jul 2019
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 2019 - 30 Sep 2019
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.

Wisconsin Odonata Survey, 1 Apr 2019 - 31 Oct 2019
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 2019 - 31 Oct 2019
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 - Owls, 1 Apr 2019 - 1 May 2019
Organization: Wisconsin DNR
Location: statewide
Volunteers conduct nighttime surveys along established roadside routes 2 times during the duration of the project. Must pass a brief certification test to ensure accurate data collection.

Wisconsin Master Naturalist Training, 4 Apr 2019 - 29 Aug 2019
Organization: UW-Extension, Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve
Location: Superior
Master Naturalists are dedicated, trained volunteers for environmental education, stewardship, and citizen science. Meets Thursday evenings & Saturdays. Registration required.

Wisconsin Master Naturalist Training, 6 Apr 2019 - 18 May 2019
Organization: UW-Extension, Friends of Harman Creek, Hartman Creek State Park
Location: Waupaca
Master Naturalists are dedicated, trained volunteers for environmental education, stewardship, and citizen science. Meets Saturdays. Registration required.

Wisconsin Rare Plant Monitoring Program, 15 Apr 2019 - 31 Oct 2019
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 2019 - 30 Sep 2019
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 2019 - 30 Sep 2019
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 Bumble Bee Brigade, 15 Apr 2019 - 31 Oct 2019
Organization: Wisconsin DNR
Location: statewide
Monitor and photograph native bumble bees to inform conservation and management efforts.

LoonWatch, 1 May 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
Organization: Northland College
Location: statewide
Volunteer to monitor and protect Wisconsin's loons! New volunteers must participate in a Loon Ranger Workshop.

Wisconsin Bird Monitoring- Marshbirds, 1 May 2019 - 30 Jun 2019
Organization: Wisconsin DNR
Location: statewide
Great project for advanced birders who can identify birds by call. Conduct acoustic surveys along established off-road sites.

Wisconsin Mussel Monitoring Program, 1 May 2019 - 30 Sep 2019
Organization: Wisconsin DNR
Location: statewide
Monitor Wisconsin's native mussels. Wade in stream or walk along shorelines and photograph and count mussels.

Clean Boats, Clean Waters, 15 May 2019 - 15 Sep 2019
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension.
Location: statewide
Trained volunteers inspect watercraft for aquatic invasive species and report sightings.