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.

May 2017
Level 1 Stream Monitoring Training, Water Action Volunteers
23 May 2017 - 24 May 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension
Location: Lafayette County
5:30-8:30pm. Learn to monitor temperature, stream flow, biotic index, habitat, dissolved oxygen, and transparency using Water Action Volunteer methods. Registration required.

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

Nocturnal Atlasing at Buena Vista Grassland
27 May 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, Wisconsin DNR, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
Location: Buena Vista Grasslands
8pm. Join Atlas Portage County coordinator Rob Pendergrast for a nocturnal atlasing field trip in the Buena Vista Grasslands. This event will be run in cooperation with the Aldo Leopold Audubon Society. Birders of all experience levels welcome!

Odonate (Dragonflies & Damselflies) Surveys at Washington Park
29 May 2017
Organization: Urban Ecology Center
Location: Milwaukee
11am-1pm. Discover the secret life of odonates and the fascinating powers they possess. Surveys teach us odonate facts and biology and everyone will get a chance to hold a live creature in hand! Register in advance.

Acoustic Bat Survey - Washington Park
30 May 2017
Organization: Urban Ecology Center
Location: Milwaukee
8:45-10pm. Identify the bat species in Three Bridges Park. Bats use echolocation calls beyond the range of human hearing to build sound picture of their surroundings. Well use a bat detector that makes these calls audible. Register in advance.

June 2017
Great Wisconsin Bat Count, 2 Jun 2017 - 4 Jun 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: statewide
Head outside at sundown and count bats as they emerge from bat houses and other roosts!

Clean Boats, Clean Waters Training, 3 Jun 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension
Location: Dayton Town Hall, Waupaca
9am-12pm. Get trained as a watercraft inspector, searching for invasive species. Registration required.

Atlasing at Mosquito Hill Nature Center, 3 Jun 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, Wisconsin DNR, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory, Mosquito Hill Nature Center
Location: New London
8am. Join Outagamie and Winnebago County Atlas coordinator Stuart Malcolm on a bird walk at Mosquito Hill Nature Center 8 a.m. After the walk, Stuart will demonstrate how to submit the observations gathered during the walk to the Atlas.

Breeding Birds of Price Park Conservancy, 3 Jun 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, Wisconsin DNR, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
Location: Elkhorn
8am. Join Jim Marrari, Walworth County Coordinator for the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas, to spend an hour or two looking for and documenting bird sightings. We'll then review how the data is entered into the atlas portal.

Wisconsin Master Naturalists Volunteer Training, 5 Jun 2017 - 10 Jun 2017
Organization: UW-Extension, Beaver Creek Reserve
Location: Fall Creek
8:00am-5:00pm. Master Naturalists are committed volunteers who participate in conservation education, stewardship, and citizen science.

Wisconsin Master Naturalists Volunteer Training, 5 Jun 2017 - 10 Jun 2017
Organization: UW-Extension, Cable Natural History Musuem
Location: Cable & Ashland, WI
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Master Naturalists are committed volunteers who participate in conservation education, stewardship, and citizen science.

Hidden Treasures  Fresh Water Mussels of Wisconsin, 6 Jun 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: Woodland Dunes Nature Center & Preserve, Two Rivers
9:30am-12pm. Learn about freshwater mussels, the Wisconsin Mussel Monitoring Program, and search for mussels in the East Twin River.

Clean Boats, Clean Waters Training, 9 Jun 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension
Location: North Lakeland Discovery Center, Manitowish Waters
10am-12pm. Get trained as a watercraft inspector, searching for invasive species. Existing volunteers in need of a refresher training also welcome.

Rock River Snapshot Initiative Training, 10 Jun 2017
Organization: River Alliance of Wisconsin
Location: Marsh Haven Nature Center, Waupun
12:45-4pm. Training for aquatic invasive species (AIS) monitoring in the Rock River Basin. Volunteers will monitor stream sites on their own through June 24.

Water Action Volunteers- Level 1 Stream Monitoring Training, 10 Jun 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension
Location: March Haven Nature Center, Waupun
9:30-3:00pm. learn to monitor temperature, streamflow, biotic index, habitat, dissolved oxygen, and transparency using WAV methods. Pre-registration required.

Rock River Snapshot Initiative Training, 13 Jun 2017
Organization: River Alliance of Wisconsin
Location: Public Agency Center, West Bend
6-7pm. Training for aquatic invasive species (AIS) monitoring in the Rock River Basin. Volunteers will monitor stream sites on their own through June 24.

Rock River Snapshot Initiative Training, 13 Jun 2017
Organization: River Alliance of Wisconsin
Location: Royce-Dallman County Park Boat Ramp, Milton
6-7:30pm. Training for aquatic invasive species (AIS) monitoring in the Rock River Basin. Volunteers will monitor stream sites on their own through June 24.

Rock River Snapshot Initiative Training, 13 Jun 2017
Organization: River Alliance of Wisconsin
Location: Jefferson County Courthouse, Jefferson
6:45-7:45pm. Training for aquatic invasive species (AIS) monitoring in the Rock River Basin. Volunteers will monitor stream sites on their own through June 24.

Rock River Snapshot Initiative Training, 13 Jun 2017
Organization: River Alliance of Wisconsin
Location: Welty Environmental Center, Beloit
5:30-7pm. Training for aquatic invasive species (AIS) monitoring in the Rock River Basin. Volunteers will monitor stream sites on their own through June 24.

Bird Banding Demonstration, 14 Jun 2017
Organization: North Lakeland Discovery Center
Location: Manitowish Waters
1-3:30pm. Adults and kids will enjoy seeing live birds up close and learning about bird ecology and research through bird banding. Groups of 8+ please call ahead.

Rock River Snapshot Initiative Training, 14 Jun 2017
Organization: River Alliance of Wisconsin
Location: Brayton Park, Fall River
6-7pm. Training for aquatic invasive species (AIS) monitoring in the Rock River Basin. Volunteers will monitor stream sites on their own through June 24.

Rock River Snapshot Initiative Training, 15 Jun 2017
Organization: River Alliance of Wisconsin
Location: DNR Service Center, Fitchburg
6-7pm. Training for aquatic invasive species (AIS) monitoring in the Rock River Basin. Volunteers will monitor stream sites on their own through June 24.

Rock River Snapshot Initiative Training, 15 Jun 2017
Organization: River Alliance of Wisconsin
Location: Oconomowoc Community Center, Oconomowoc
6-7pm. Training for aquatic invasive species (AIS) monitoring in the Rock River Basin. Volunteers will monitor stream sites on their own through June 24.

Wisconsin Society for Ornithology Annual Convention, 16 Jun 2017 - 19 Jun 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Society for Ornithology
Location: Potawatomi Carter Casino and Hotel, Wabeno
This year's theme is "Celebrating Citizen Science!" Come for the birding, field trips, and great talks!

Water Action Volunteers- Level 1 Stream Monitoring Training, 17 Jun 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension
Location: Kewaunee County
Time tbd. Learn to monitor temperature, streamflow, biotic index, habitat, dissolved oxygen, and transparency using Water Action Volunteer methods. Pre-registration required.

Aquatic Invasive Species Training, 20 Jun 2017
Organization: Beaver Creek Reserve Citizen Science Center
Location: Fall Creek
5-6:30pm. Learn to identify Aquatic Invasive Species and how to monitor your local lakes and rivers. Registration required.

Monarch Conservation Science Partnership Training, 24 Jun 2017 - 25 Jun 2017
Organization: Monarch Joint Venture, UW-Madison Arboretum
Location: UW-Madison Arboretum, Madison
9am-5pm. Must attend both days. Training for new nationwide monarch monitoring program. Program details at https://tinyurl.com/mcsp-monitoring. Register at https://tinyurl.com/mcsp-register.

Clean Boats, Clean Waters Training, 30 Jun 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension
Location: Arbor Vitae Community Center, Arbor Vitae
2-4pm. Get trained as a watercraft inspector, searching for invasive species. Existing volunteers in need of a refresher training also welcome.

July 2017
Douglas County Wildlife Area Barrens Birding, 1 Jul 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, Wisconsin DNR, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
Location: Solon Springs
7am. Explore the unique barrens habitats of the Douglas County Wildlife Area. Help contribute valuable data to this unique priority block for Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II.

Mussel Monitoring Training, 14 Jul 2017
Organization: North Lakeland Discovery Center
Location: Manitowish Waters
10am-4pm. Join us as we 'dive' into the lives of freshwater mussels, including their biology, importance, and how volunteers can monitor them.

Jung Hemlock-Beech Forest and Mountain-Bay State Trail, 15 Jul 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, Wisconsin DNR, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
Location: Gresham
7am-noon. Together you'll atlas the Jung Hemlock-Beech Forest State Natural Area and the Mountain-Bay State Trail. After atlasing in the morning, learn to enter the mornings atlas data into eBird at the Shawano County Library.

August 2017
September 2017
October 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 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.

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 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 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

Early Morning Bird Walks, 2 May 2017 - 31 Aug 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.

Odonate Surveys, 3 May 2017 - 30 Aug 2017
Organization: Urban Ecology Center
Location: Milwaukee
Wednesdays 11am-1pm, various locations. Discover the secret life of dragonflies & damselflies Everyone will get a chance to hold a live creature in hand!

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.

Clean Boats, Clean Waters, 15 May 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension.
Location: statewide
Trained volunteers inspect watercraft for aquatic invasive species and report sightings.

Monarch Larva Monitoring Surveys, 5 Jun 2017 - 29 Jun 2017
Organization: Urban Ecology Center
Location: Milwaukee
Mon, Tues, Thurs 11am-noon, various locations. Survey milkweed plants for monarch eggs and larvae.

Wisconsin Master Naturalists Volunteer Training, 15 Jun 2017 - 8 Jul 2017
Organization: UW-Extension, Pheasant Branch Conservancy
Location: Middleton
Master Naturalists are committed volunteers who participate in conservation education, stewardship, and citizen science. June 15: 5:30 p.m.  8:30 p.m. June 16 & 17, 23 & 24, and July 8: 9:00 a.m.  5:00 p.m.

Master Naturalist Volunteer Training, 8 Jul 2017 - 19 Aug 2017
Organization: UW-Extension, Friends of Urban Nature
Location: Madison
Saturdays, July 8, July 15. July 22, August 5, August 12, August 19; 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Master Naturalists are committed volunteers who participate in conservation education, stewardship, and citizen science.



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