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.

September 2017
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!

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.

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 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).

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.

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.

Operation Deer Watch
1 Aug 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: Statewide
Report deer sightings between dawn and dusk.

Wisconsin Master Naturalist Training
27 Aug 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Organization: UW-Extension, Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary
Location: Sarona
Sun., Aug. 27, 6-8 p.m.; Mon., Aug. 28-Fri., Sept. 1, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Master Naturalists are committed volunteers who participate in conservation education, stewardship, and citizen science.

Wolf Howl
19 Sep 2017
Organization: North Lakeland Discovery Center
Location: Manitowish Waters
7-10pm. Learn about the ecology and adaptations of wolves as well as their history and current status in Wisconsin. Travel to wolf territory and perform a survey by howling at wolves. Transportation provided. Registration required.

Landowner Invasive Species Workshop
19 Sep 2017
Organization: Wisconsin First Detector Network
Location: Brillion Nature Center, Brillion
10am-12:30pm. learn about using GLEDN and ISMTrack for private land management, land restoration methods, and cost-share programs for landowners working on invasive species removal and land restoration. RSVP required.

Mussel Monitoring Training
20 Sep 2017
Organization: Riveredge Nature Center
Location: Saukville
9-11:30am. Learn about freshwater mussels, the Wisconsin Mussel Monitoring Program, and search for mussels in the Milwaukee River.

Monarch Counts Talk
20 Sep 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Metro Audubon Society, Wehr Nature Center
Location: Franklin
7-8:30pm. Learn about monarchs and 30 years of butterfly counts that have been conducted at Wehr nature Center.

Landowner Invasive Species Workshop
21 Sep 2017
Organization: Wisconsin First Detector Network
Location: Ledge View Nature Center, Chilton
10am-12:30pm. learn about using GLEDN and ISMTrack for private land management, land restoration methods, and cost-share programs for landowners working on invasive species removal and land restoration. RSVP required.

Wisconsin Point Weekend: "Jaegerfest"
22 Sep 2017 - 24 Sep 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Society for Ornithology
Location: Superior
7:00am. A great opportunity to see jaegers and other migrating birds.

Odonate (Dragonflies & Damselflies) Surveys in Riverside Park
22 Sep 2017
Organization: Urban Ecology Center
Location: Riverside Park, Milwaukee
2:30-4:30pm. Discover the secret life of odonates, odonate facts, and biology, and everyone will get a chance to hold a live creature in hand!

Odonate (Dragonflies & Damselflies) Surveys at Menomonee Valley
30 Sep 2017
Organization: Urban Ecology Center
Location: Riverside Park, Milwaukee
11am-1pm. Discover the secret life of odonates and the fascinating feats they are capable of. Surveys teach us fun odonate facts and biology. Nimble participants will get a chance to hold a live creature in hand!

October 2017
Hawk Migration Field Trip, 7 Oct 2017
Organization: Urban Ecology Center
Location: Milwaukee
9am-1pm. Watch for falcons, eagles and hawks as we travel coastal areas of Ozaukee County. Lake Michigan provides fantastic conditions to see raptors migrating south for the winter. Meet at the Riverside Park branch. Registration required. $10.

The Big Sit, 7 Oct 2017 - 8 Oct 2017
Organization: Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
Location: Forest Beach Migratory Preserve, Port Washington
24 hour bird watching event. Come and go as you please. Great opportunity for fall birding and making friends with fellow birding enthusiasts!

Fall Bird Banding, 11 Oct 2017
Organization: Urban Ecology Center
Location: Washington Park, Milwaukee
6:15am-12pm. Join the Urban Ecology Center's Bird Banding team to learn about the birds migrating through our green spaces. Lucky participants will get to hold a wild bird in their hands.

Invasive Species ID and Monitoring, 11 Oct 2017
Organization: WIFDN, UW-Madison Arboretum
Location: UW-Madison Arboretum, Madison
Learn to monitor and report invasive species. $30. Registration required.

Fall Bird Banding, 17 Oct 2017
Organization: Urban Ecology Center
Location: Menomonee Valley, Milwaukee
7:30am-12:30pm. Join the Urban Ecology Center's Bird Banding team to learn about the migratory birds passing through our green spaces. Lucky participants will get to hold a wild bird in their hands.

Fall Bird Banding, 19 Oct 2017
Organization: Urban Ecology Center
Location: Riverside Park, Milwaukee
6:45am-12pm. Join the Urban Ecology Center's Bird Banding team to learn about the migratory birds passing through our green spaces. Lucky participants will get to hold a wild bird in their hands.

Wolf Howl, 20 Oct 2017
Organization: North Lakeland Discovery Center
Location: Manitowish Waters
7-10pm. Learn about ecology, adaptations, history, & current status of wolves in WI. Following this short presentation, travel to wolf territory and perform a survey by howling at wolves. Transportation provided. Registration required. $10-$22

November 2017
December 2017
January 2018
February 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 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.

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.

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 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).

Operation Deer Watch, 1 Aug 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: Statewide
Report deer sightings between dawn and dusk.

Wisconsin Master Naturalist Training, 3 Aug 2017 - 7 Oct 2017
Organization: UW-Extension, Wisconsin DNR, Milwaukee Recreation.
Location: Kettle Moraine Southern State Forest, Delafield
Thursday evenings & Saturdays. Master Naturalists are committed volunteers who participate in conservation education, stewardship, and citizen science.

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.

Wisconsin Master Naturalist Training, 5 Sep 2017 - 12 Oct 2017
Organization: UW-Extension, Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Location: Milwaukee
Tuesday & Thursday 5:30-8pm., mandatory field trips: Sat Sept 23 and Sat Oct 7. Master Naturalists are committed volunteers who participate in conservation education, stewardship, and citizen science.

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.

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.



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