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.

November 2017
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.

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.

Webinar- Exploring Tools for Volunteer Recruitment and Engagement
14 Nov 2017
Organization: Citizen Science Association
Location: online
2-3pm. This 60-minute webinar will facilitate a volunteer management reflection process, expose participants to the latest volunteer recruitment/retention literature, and provide tips and strategies. Registration required.

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.

WEBINAR - The Ultimate SciStarter How-To, 7 Dec 2017
Organization: Citizen Science Association
Location: online
10:30-11:30am. SciStarter helps people discover citizen science opportunities through a searchable database of more than 2200 projects and events. Learn how participants, project leaders, and researchers can use SciStarter. Registration required.

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- Minocqua, 14 Dec 2017
Organization: North Lakeland Discovery Center
Location: Minocqua
Monitor the abundance of our winter resident birds. This is a great activity for beginner and experienced birders alike. Call ahead for details.

Owl Prowl, 15 Dec 2017
Organization: Wehr Nature Center
Location: Wehr Nature Center
7-9pm. Join a naturalist for an evening out with the owls. An interactive program will highlight the habits and adaptations of our nocturnal neighbors. Then we will walk the woodlands of Wehr listening and looking for owls. Registration Required.

Christmas Bird Count- Manitowish Waters, 16 Dec 2017
Organization: North Lakeland Discovery Center
Location: Manitowish Waters
Monitor the abundance of our winter resident birds. This is a great activity for beginner and experienced birders alike. Call ahead for details.

Christmas Bird Count - La Crosse, 16 Dec 2017
Organization: Coulee Region Audubon Society
Location: La Crosse
If you enjoy counting birds, your help is needed in La Crosse, La Crescent, Onalaska, Barre Mills, Hokah, and part of Dakota. All skill levels welcome. Registration required.

Christmas Bird Count- Franklin, 16 Dec 2017
Organization: Wehr Nature Center
Location: Franklin
9am-4pm. Help count birds wintering at Wehr! Youll meet some of the most talented and persistent birders in the area as we count birds in the most important and longest-running bird count. Registration Required.

Christmas Bird Count- Door County, 16 Dec 2017
Organization: The Ridges
Location: Door County
There is no need to be an expert birder to participate. Many Christmas Birders tally species at their bird feeder, from the comfort of their homes. Others will travel searching Door Countys shorelines, roadsides and forests. Registration required.

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.

Christmas Bird Count - Three Bridges to Washington Park, 16 Dec 2017
Organization: Urban Ecology Center
Location: Milwaukee
8am-5pm. Contribute to bird research during your morning hike -- join volunteers around the world for the annual Christmas Bird Count. Data we collect contribute to an international database of bird population trends. Registration required.

January 2018
Wolf Ecology Workshop, 13 Jan 2018 - 14 Jan 2018
Organization: Treehaven, Wisconsin DNR
Location: Treehaven, Tomahawk
This workshop will cover wolf ecology, history, monitoring, and management, and includes a field trip in wolf country. Bring clothing for outdoors. Mandatory training for WI Volunteer Carnivore Tracking Program. Register by Jan 6.

Webinar- Volunteer Monitoring: Building Credibility, 17 Jan 2018
Organization: National Water Quality Monitoring Council
Location: online
1pm. From equipment testing, to study design, to internal/external methods, this session will provide an overview of quality assurance and quality control methods used by many programs to substantiate the credibility of their data.

Wolf Ecology Workshop, 27 Jan 2018 - 28 Jan 2018
Organization: Wisconsin DNR, Beaver Creek Reserve
Location: Beaver Creek Reserve, Fall Creek
This workshop will cover wolf ecology, history, monitoring, and management, and includes a field trip in wolf country. Bring clothing for outdoors. Mandatory training for WI Volunteer Carnivore Tracking Program. Registration required.

February 2018
March 2018
April 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 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.

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.

Wisconsin Volunteer Carnivore Tracking Program, 1 Nov 2017 - 31 Mar 2018
Organization: WDNR
Location: northern and central Wisconsin
Estimate the abundance and distribution of carnivores by observing the number and location of their tracks. Participants must attend training sessions before monitoring.

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.

Christmas Bird Count, 14 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
Organization: National Audubon Society
Location: nationwide
Join one of the oldest citizen science projects in the country! Count birds on a single day. Find a circle near you!



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