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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Wisconsin Bird Monitoring- Nightjars
10 Jun 2019 - 24 Jun 2019
Organization: Wisconsin DNR
Location: statewide
Listen and record observations of bird calls along set roadside route. Volunteers conduct one survey per route per year.

Citizen Science: Bat Monitoring
18 Jun 2019
Organization: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Location: Milwaukee
7:30-8:30pm. Learn to do acoustic monitoring for the Center & join us for a one-hour monitoring session after the training. After the training, you are able to come to our other scheduled monitoring sessions. Registration required; non-members $10.

Wisconsin Bumble Bee Brigade Training
18 Jun 2019
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum, Kenosha
9am-1:30pm. Get trained to identify, photograph, and monitor Wisconsins bumble bees. These native pollinators need your help! Registration required.

WEBINAR- Reflecting on Ethical Dimensions of Participant-Led Research
20 Jun 2019
Organization: Citizen Science Association
Location: online
12-1pm. This webinar provides an example why it's important to create processes to promote reflection and conversations about the ethical dimensions of participant-led research. Registration required.

Marinette County - Atlas Blitz
21 Jun 2019 - 23 Jun 2019
Organization: WSO Birds, Wisconsin DNR, WGLBBO
Location: Marinette County
Save the date for a June Atlas Blitz in Marinette County to help close northwoods priority blocks.

Invasive Species Citizen Science Workshop
22 Jun 2019
Organization: IPAW, WIFDN
Location: Madison
9am-2pm. Learn to identify and report invasive plants. Includes lunch, field guides, and hands-on practice. Registration required.

Citizen Science: Butterfly Count
22 Jun 2019
Organization: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Location: Milwaukee
9am-12pm. Search for and ID butterflies for the North American Butterfly Association Butterfly Count! Two sessions are available; if attending both register for both. Free. Registration required.

Citizen Science: Butterfly Count
22 Jun 2019
Organization: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Location: Milwaukee
12:30-4:30pm. Search for and ID butterflies for the North American Butterfly Association Butterfly Count! Two sessions are available; if attending both register for both. Free. Registration required.

Karner Volunteer Monitoring Program training
22 Jun 2019
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: Sandhill Wildlife Area, Babcock
10am-12pm. Learn about Karner biology & identification and how to submit observations. Registration required.

Wisconsin Bumble Bee Brigade Training
24 Jun 2019
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: Schmeekle Reserve, Stevens Point
9am-1:30pm. Get trained to identify, photograph, and monitor Wisconsins bumble bees. These native pollinators need your help! Registration required.

Breeding Bird Atlas Blitz
25 Jun 2019
Organization: Beaver Creek Reserve
Location: Fall Creek
7-11am. Come join us for a Breeding Bird Atlas Blitz as we spend the day searching the Reserve to record as many breeding birds as possible. Registration required.

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Identification Training
25 Jun 2019
Organization: North Lakeland Discovery Center
Location: Manitowish Waters
1-3pm. Do you want to learn more about how you can help monitor for aquatic invasive species when you are out on the lakes and rivers? Join us for this free training. Registration required.

WEBINAR- Wide Angle Lens of Volunteer Engagement
27 Jun 2019
Organization: Citizen Science Association
Location: online
1-2:30pm. This session will introduce a model that describes the full life cycle of a volunteers experience across their volunteering career, putting training in the context of other essential program components. Registration required.

Wisconsin Bumble Bee Brigade Training
27 Jun 2019
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: Belmont School, Belmont
9am-1:30pm. Get trained to identify, photograph, and monitor Wisconsins bumble bees. These native pollinators need your help! Registration required.

Firefly Monitoring Kickoff Celebration
27 Jun 2019
Organization: Urban Ecology Center
Location: Riverside Park, Milwaukee
7:30-9:30pm. Participate in this summer's joint firefly monitoring project with the Milwaukee Public Museum. Please register in advance.

Wisconsin Bumble Bee Brigade Training
29 Jun 2019
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: Wehr Nature Center, Franklin
9am-1:30pm. Get trained to identify, photograph, and monitor Wisconsins bumble bees. These native pollinators need your help! Registration required.

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.

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 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 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.

Waukesha County Snake Surveys, 13 May 2019 - 31 Jul 2019
Organization: Waukesha County Parks
Location: Retzer Nature Center, Waukesha
Wednesdays 5:30-7:30pm. Help our staff determine what species of reptiles call Waukesha County home by assisting us on snake cover board surveys. Please register for each date separately.

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.

Breeding Bird Surveys, 12 Jun 2019 - 31 Jul 2019
Organization: Waukesha County Parks
Location: Waukesha
Most Wednesdays 7-10am. Join our staff on a breeding or migratory bird survey to document which bird species are using the park systems vital natural areas. Great for all experience levels. Separate registration required for each date.