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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Pollinator Survey
21 Aug 2019
Organization: Waukesha County Parks
Location: Retzer Nature Center, Waukesha
1-2pm. Join our staff and experienced invertebrate enthusiasts to learn more about these essential pollinators and flying insects! Registration required.

Dragonfly & Damselfly Survey
21 Aug 2019
Organization: Waukesha County Parks
Location: Retzer Nature Center, Waukesha
2-3pm. The afternoon will start with a brief presentation indoors followed by an excursion into the natural areas to practice dragonfly and damselfly identification. Registration required.

Invasive Species Citizen Science Workshop
22 Aug 2019
Organization: St. Croix River Association
Location: Osceola
5:30-8pm. learn how to identify common and priority invasive plants in northwestern Wisconsin and how to use the Great Lakes Early Detection Network (GLEDN) app to help map infestations. Registration required.

Bird and Nature Outing- Citizen Science
25 Aug 2019
Organization: Friends of Urban Nature, Madison Parks
Location: Lake Shore Preserve, Madison
1:30-3:00pm. Join us for a nature walk and learn how you can participate in citizen science projects for birds, bumble bees, and more!

Training for Mussel Monitoring
25 Aug 2019
Organization: Wisconsin DNR
Location: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, Milwaukee
10am-4pm. Learn about local freshwater mussel ecology, their importance, and how you can contribute to their preservation. Also, discover what species of mussels can be found in your local watersheds. Training will be followed by a river cleanup.

Dragonfly & Damselfly Survey
28 Aug 2019
Organization: Waukesha County Parks
Location: Fox River Park, Waukesha
2-3pm. The afternoon will start with a brief presentation indoors followed by an excursion into the natural areas to practice dragonfly and damselfly identification. Registration required.

Pollinator Survey
28 Aug 2019
Organization: Waukesha County Parks
Location: Fox River Park, Waukesha
1-2pm. Join our staff and experienced invertebrate enthusiasts to learn more about these essential pollinators and flying insects! Registration required.

Swift Night Out
30 Aug 2019
Organization: Madison Audubon Society
Location: Madison
7:00-8:30pm. Hundreds of chimney swifts use the brick chimney at Cherokee Heights Middle School for their nightly roost. "A Swift Night Out" is a continent-wide effort to count swifts and raise awareness of their conservation needs.

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.

Early Morning Bird Walks, 1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019
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 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Operation Deer Watch, 1 Aug 2019 - 30 Sep 2019
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: Statewide
Report deer sightings between dawn and dusk.

Wisconsin Master Naturalist Training , 6 Aug 2019 - 22 Aug 2019
Organization: Camp Y-Koda Outdoor Skills and Education, UW-Extension
Location: Sheboygan Falls
Master Naturalists are dedicated, trained volunteers for environmental education, stewardship, and citizen science. Meets 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m Tuesdays & Thursdays. Registration required.

Wisconsin Master Naturalist Training , 15 Aug 2019 - 6 Sep 2019
Organization: North Lakeland Discovery Center, UW-Extension
Location: Manitowish Waters
Master Naturalists are dedicated, trained volunteers for environmental education, stewardship, and citizen science. Schedule varies. Registration required.

Wisconsin Master Naturalist Training , 22 Aug 2019 - 26 Sep 2019
Organization: Schlitz Audubon Center, UW-Extension
Location: Milwaukee
Master Naturalists are dedicated, trained volunteers for environmental education, stewardship, and citizen science. Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 5:30-8 p.m; some Saturdays. Registration required.

Wisconsin Master Naturalist Training , 11 Sep 2019 - 6 Oct 2019
Organization: Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, UW-Extension
Location: Superior
Master Naturalists are dedicated, trained volunteers for environmental education, stewardship, and citizen science. Schedule varies. Registration required.