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.

March 2017
Wisconsin Volunteer Carnivore Tracking Program
1 Nov 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
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.

April 2017
Wisconsin Rare Plant Monitoring Program Training, 1 Apr 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: La Crosse Public Library, La Crosse
Learn to conduct surveys for rare plants. Plant identification will not be covered. Mandatory training for participation in the Rare Plant Monitoring Program. Registration required.

The Call of the Frog, 1 Apr 2017
Organization: Kickapoo Valley Reserve
Location: Whitehall Public Library, Whitehall
The Wisconsin DNR Frog and Toad Survey invites you to a presentation to listen and identify the 12 Wisconsin frog calls. Learn how you can volunteer with the project. Great for kids and adults.

Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas Northwest Kickoff, 1 Apr 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, Wisconsin DNR, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
Location: Rice Lake Public Library, Rice Lake
concurrent presentations tailored to new and returning atlasers, the opportunity to meet county coordinators and expert birders from your region, and a field trip to a local hotspot.

Wisconsin Rare Plant Monitoring Program Training, 2 Apr 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: Milwaukee Public Library Capitol Branch, Milwaukee
Learn to conduct surveys for rare plants. Plant identification will not be covered. Mandatory training for participation in the Rare Plant Monitoring Program. Registration required.

Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention, 5 Apr 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
Organization: DNR, UW-Extension, Wisconsin Lakes
Location: Stevens Point
Learn about WI lakes & what you can do to protect them. CBM topics include lake monitoring, stream monitoring, Loon Watch, WCBM Network, and more!

Crane Count Training & Count, 7 Apr 2017 - 8 Apr 2017
Organization: North Lakeland Discovery Center
Location: Manitowish Waters
Beginner and experienced birders can join us on April 8 to count cranes across Vilas County. Plan to attend a brief training the day prior to the count to review protocol and determine logistics. Call for details. Register by April 6.

Wisconsin First Detector Network Webinar- Drivers vs. Passengers, 7 Apr 2017
Organization: UW-Extension
Location: online
Do invasive species drive changes in ecosystems, or are they merely passengers in change driven by other ecosystem changes? Learn about these competing ideas and examples of how different invasive species act in new ecosystems.

Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atals Northeast Kickoff, 8 Apr 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, Wisconsin DNR, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
Location: UW-Green Bay, Green Bay
concurrent presentations tailored to new and returning atlasers, the opportunity to meet county coordinators and expert birders from your region, and a field trip to a local hotspot.

Annual Midwest Crane Count, 8 Apr 2017
Organization: International Crane Foundation
Location: statewide
Annual survey of Sandhill and Whooping Cranes. Volunteers must contact their county coordinator in advance.

Wisconsin Rare Plant Monitoring Program Training, 8 Apr 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: Vaughn Public Library, Ashland
Learn to conduct surveys for rare plants. Plant identification will not be covered. Mandatory training for participation in the Rare Plant Monitoring Program. Registration required.

Ashland - Atlas eBird Computer Workshop, 8 Apr 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, Wisconsin DNR, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
Location: Northland College, Ashland
The Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas is administered through eBird, and we guarantee you'll love using the Atlas eBird portal once you get the hang of it. Join atlas coordinators Nick Anich and Ryan Brady at a computer lab for a complete walkthrough.

Wisconsin Rare Plant Monitoring Program Training, 9 Apr 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: Brown County Public Library- Central Branch, Green Bay
Learn to conduct surveys for rare plants. Plant identification will not be covered. Mandatory training for participation in the Rare Plant Monitoring Program. Registration required.

Birds and Beer Atlas Presentation, 13 Apr 2017
Organization: Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary
Location: Flat Creek Eatery and Saloon, Hayward
Get an introduction to atlasing while you socialize with other nature enthusiasts over snacks and beverages. Each ticket includes a free drink, complimentary snacks, and presentation. $10 advance, $15 at door.

Nocturnal atlasing in the Kickapoo Valley, 14 Apr 2017
Organization: La Farge
Location: Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, Wisconsin DNR, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
Night field trip to look for owls, woodcock and snipe. We will meet at the Kickapoo Valley reserve Visitor Center, pair up, distribute maps and get out to nearby Priority and Specialty Blocks. We will meet back at the visitor center to pool data.

Clean Boats, Clean Waters Training, 15 Apr 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: DNR Service Center, Spooner
Train to be a watercraft inspector by educating boaters and anglers about aquatic invasive species (AIS) at local boat landings. Participants will receive hands-on training of invasive species identification and organizing a volunteer group.

Bird Banding Demonstration, 15 Apr 2017
Organization: North Lakeland Discovery Center
Location: Manitowish Waters
Adults & kids will enjoy seeing live birds up close and learning about bird ecology and research through bird banding. We have additional kids activities as well. No banding in rain or below 20° F. Groups of 8+ please call ahead.

Ask the Experts- Citizen-based Monitoring in Wisconsin Online Chat, 19 Apr 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: online
Join an online chat to learn about citizen-based monitoring. What projects and events are available in your area? How can you join? What skills are needed? Where do the data go? We'll answer the questions you submit.

Freshwater Mussels of Wisconsin, 20 Apr 2017
Organization: Mosquito Hill Nature Center
Location: New London
Once abundant in both numbers and diversity, many freshwater mussel species in Wisconsin watersheds are now in danger of local extinction. Learn about local freshwater mussel ecology, their importance, and how you can contribute to monitoring.

Night sounds of West Branch of the Pine River, 21 Apr 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, Wisconsin DNR, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
Location: Richland Center
Night sounds of one of the countys larger wetland areas: Well begin in the evening listening for rails, bitterns, and other marshbirds and then take in the display flights of American Woodcock and Wilsons Snipe.

Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas - Night sounds of Navarino State Wildlife Area, 21 Apr 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, Wisconsin DNR, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
Location: Navarino Nature Center, Shiocton
Begin the evening listening for rails, bitterns, & other marshbirds and then observe display flights of American Woodcock and Wilsons Snipe. Afterward, well search for nocturnally active marshbirds and owls while taking in the chorus of frogs.

Wisconsin First Detector Network Webinar- Take Action!, 21 Apr 2017
Organization: UW-Extension
Location: online
Learn how you can take action against invasive species through surveying for and reporting invasive species. In addition, learn about efforts to control invasive species in Wisconsin.

Nocturnal Atlasing at Vernon Marsh SWA, 22 Apr 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, Wisconsin DNR, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
Location: Mukwonago
Evening field trip through Vernon Marsh SWA to gather data for the Genesee CE block. Start out by listening for woodcock near the parking lot, then spend some time near the border of the marsh and woods listening for rails, bitterns, and others!

Leave No Family Inside: Bird Watching for Beginners, 22 Apr 2017
Organization: Mosquito Hill Nature Center
Location: New London
Learn to identify Wisconsin's birds with the use of binoculars, electronic bird calls and field guides. Register by April 15.

Horicon Marsh Night Atlasing, 25 Apr 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, Wisconsin DNR, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
Location: Horicon
Join the Horicon Marsh Birdclub as they lead a night hike on the Horicon Marsh listening for owls, rails, bitterns, and other marshbirds. Hopefully we will see the display flights of the American Woodcock and Wilson's Snipe.

Acoustic Bat Monitoring, 26 Apr 2017
Organization: Beaver Creek Reserve
Location: Fall Creek
Join us to learn about Wisconsins bat species and how to conduct acoustic monitoring and bat roost monitoring surveys in the Chippewa Valley. To end the program we will step into the night and conduct acoustic monitoring.

Bird School, 28 Apr 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
Organization: Beaver Creek Reserve
Location: Fall Creek
This fun and engaging course has been designed specifically for beginners who want to learn more about birds and take the next step in birding. This 2-½ day course combines classroom lectures, field trips, group lessons and hands-on activities.

Level 1 Stream Monitoring Training, Water Action Volunteers, 29 Apr 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension
Location: Waunakee Village Center, Waunakee
Learn to monitor temperature, stream flow, biotic index, habitat, dissolved oxygen, and transparency using Water Action Volunteer methods.

Ashland - Night Atlasing Trip, 29 Apr 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, Wisconsin DNR, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
Location: Ashland
Join Nick Anich and Ryan Brady for a night visit to some atlas blocks. Well try for snipe, woodcock, bittern, & owls. Open to everyone, whether you're a newer member of the Atlas team, a seasoned veteran, or just want to learn more.

Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas Southeast Kickoff, 29 Apr 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, Wisconsin DNR, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
Location: Kenosha Public Library, Kenosha
concurrent presentations tailored to new and returning atlasers, the opportunity to meet county coordinators and expert birders from your region, and a field trip to a local hotspot.

May 2017
Dane County - Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas Overview Presentation, 3 May 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, Wisconsin DNR, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
Location: Middleton Public Library, Middleton
Overview of the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II, including highlights of what we've learned and how YOU can participate. Birdwatchers of all experience levels can contribute to this important effort if they can identify at least one bird species.

Wisconsin First Detector Network Webinar- Citizen Science and Volunteer Opportunities, 5 May 2017
Organization: UW-Extension
Location: online
Citizen scientists (thats you!) gather extremely valuable information that can be used by researchers and natural resource managers in Wisconsin and beyond. Learn about volunteer opportunities that will let you flex your citizen science muscles.

Spring Bird Hike and Banding Demo, 6 May 2017
Organization: Beaver Creek Reserve
Location: Fall Creek
Spend the morning with Beaver Creek Bird Banders. Take a bird hike and learn about bird identification, bird behavior, and why we band them.

Level 1 Stream Monitoring Training, Water Action Volunteers, 6 May 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension
Location: Mother Earth Green Center, Steuben
Learn to monitor temperature, stream flow, biotic index, habitat, dissolved oxygen, and transparency using Water Action Volunteer methods. Registration required.

Level 1 Stream Monitoring Training, Water Action Volunteers, 6 May 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension
Location: Amundson Center, Cambridge
Learn to monitor temperature, stream flow, biotic index, habitat, dissolved oxygen, and transparency using Water Action Volunteer methods. Registration required.

Wisconsin Mussel Monitoring Program Training, 6 May 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: Neustadter Nature Center, Reedsville
Learn about freshwater mussels, the Wisconsin Mussel Monitoring Program, and participate in a nearby mark-recapture study on mussels.

Level 1 Stream Monitoring Training, Water Action Volunteers, 6 May 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension
Location: Riveredge Nature Center, Newburg
Join Milwaukee Riverkeeper and Riveredge staff to learn how to assess the water quality of streams and rivers using Water Action Volunteer methods. Registration required.

Level 1 Stream Monitoring Training, Water Action Volunteers, 6 May 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension
Location: UW-Waukesha Field Station, Oconomowoc
Learn to monitor temperature, stream flow, biotic index, habitat, dissolved oxygen, and transparency using Water Action Volunteer methods. Registration required.

Use Your Smartphone to Map and Report Invasive Species , 11 May 2017
Organization: Wisconsin First Detector Network
Location: Beaver Creek Reserve, Fall Creek
Learn about invasive species, their impacts in Wisconsin, tools to identify, and how you can help researchers by mapping your findings. WIFDN is a citizen science network that empowers people to take action against invasive species.

Northwoods Birding Festival, 12 May 2017 - 13 May 2017
Organization: North Lakeland Discovery Center
Location: Manitowish Waters
Join us in celebrating International Migratory Bird Day and our 13th annual birding festival with field outings, bird banding, & presentations by experts. Pre-registration: $50 ($40 members), $20 students and youth under 18. Same day: additional $5.

Level 1 Stream Monitoring Training, Water Action Volunteers, 13 May 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension
Location: Town of Merton Town Hall, Merton
Learn to monitor temperature, stream flow, biotic index, habitat, dissolved oxygen, and transparency using Water Action Volunteer methods. Registration required.

Wisconsin Mussel Monitoring Program Talk, 13 May 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: 1000 Islands Environmental Center, Kaukauna
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.

Citizen Science Association Conference, 17 May 2017 - 20 May 2017
Organization: Citizen Science Association
Location: Saint Paul, MN
Join researchers, practitioners, and volunteers in exploring citizen science through talks, posters, workshops, a public festival and more!

Level 1 Stream Monitoring Training, Water Action Volunteers, 20 May 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension
Location: Turtle Creek Parkway Facility, Clinton
Learn to monitor temperature, stream flow, biotic index, habitat, dissolved oxygen, and transparency using Water Action Volunteer methods.

Acoustic Bat Monitor Refresher, 23 May 2017
Organization: North Lakeland Discovery Center
Location: Manitowish Waters
Already trained on the Acoustic Bat Monitoring equipment but would like a refresher of how to use the equipment before the survey season starts this is the program for you! Pre-registration required by 5/20.

Mussel Mania!, 23 May 2017
Organization: Beaver Creek Reserve
Location: Fall Creek
Jesse Weinzinger, Conservation Biologist with the WDNR, will be joining us for an evening of mussels! This presentation will focus on the biology of freshwater mussels, their importance, and how volunteers can contribute to monitoring.

Acoustic Bat Monitor Training, 24 May 2017
Organization: North Lakeland Discovery Center
Location: Manitowish Waters
Bats in Wisconsin are under threat of White Nose Syndrome. Learn how to join our Acoustic Bat Monitoring team and conduct surveys on your lake or property. A simple, hand-held device is used to conduct these 1 hour surveys. Register by 5/20.

Clean Boats, Clean Waters Training, 25 May 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: Forest Lake Boat Landing, Vilas County
Train to be a watercraft inspector by educating boaters and anglers about aquatic invasive species (AIS) at local boat landings. Participants will receive hands-on training of invasive species identification and organizing a volunteer group.

Clean Boats, Clean Waters Training, 26 May 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: Northland Pines High School, Eagle River
Train to be a watercraft inspector by educating boaters and anglers about aquatic invasive species (AIS) at local boat landings. Participants will receive hands-on training of invasive species identification and organizing a volunteer group.

Jung Hemlock-Beech Forest & Mountain-Bay State Trail Birding Trip, 27 May 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, Wisconsin DNR, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
Location: Shawano
Bird the Jung Hemlock-Beech Forest State Natural Area and the Mountain-Bay State Trail and learn to enter your data into the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas

June 2017
July 2017
August 2017
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 Volunteer Carnivore Tracking Program, 1 Nov 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
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.

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.

Master Naturalist Volunteer Training, 20 Mar 2017 - 5 Apr 2017
Organization: UW-Extension
Location: Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center, Wisconsin Dells
Master Naturalists are committed volunteers who participate in conservation education, stewardship, and citizen science. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. - Mon., March 20; Wed., March 22; Thurs., March 23; Mon., March 27; Mon., April 3; Wed., April 5

Master Naturalist Volunteer Training, 27 Mar 2017 - 15 May 2017
Organization: UW-Extension
Location: Wehr Nature Center, Franklin
Master Naturalists are committed volunteers who participate in conservation education, stewardship, and citizen science. Monday evenings, 5:30-8:30 p.m., March 27-May 15, 2017. Also, full-day field trips will be held April 22 and May 6.

KVR Frog Walk Tuesdays, 28 Mar 2017 - 18 Jul 2017
Organization: Kickapoo Valley Reserve
Location: La Farge
For each Tuesday evening beginning with March 28 through July 18th, come to the KVR for a short walk to participate in a single wetland frog survey on behalf of the WI Frog and Toad Survey.

Wisconsin Bird Monitoring, 1 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative
Location: statewide
Conduct monitoring of secretive marshbirds, owls, or nightjars along set survey routes.

Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey, 1 Apr 2017 - 31 Jul 2017
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.

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 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.

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).

Master Naturalist Volunteer Training, 22 Apr 2017 - 3 Jun 2017
Organization: UW-Extension
Location: Waupaca
Master Naturalists are committed volunteers who participate in conservation education, stewardship, and citizen science. Saturdays, April 22, 29, May 6, 20, June 3, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Master Naturalist Volunteer Training, 13 May 2017 - 25 Jun 2017
Organization: UW-Extension
Location: Blue Mounds
Master Naturalists are committed volunteers who participate in conservation education, stewardship, and citizen science. Class meets on weekends.



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