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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WEBINAR- Climate Crowd - Crowdsourcing to Help People and Nature in a Changing Climate
21 Aug 2018
Organization: NOAA
Location: online
1-2pm. World Wildlife Fund Climate Crowd partners collect information from the field and submit it to wwfclimatecrowd.org. WWF curates submissions and shares collected data for use by researchers, educators, conservation and development practitioners

Invasive Plant Field Day
22 Aug 2018
Organization: Invasive Plants Association of Wisconsin
Location: UW Madison-Arboretum, Madison
9am-3:30pm. Learn to identify, monitor, and manage invasive plants; get updates on jumping worms. IPAW members free, $20 for non-members. Registration required.

Wisconsin Bat Festival
24 Aug 2018 - 25 Aug 2018
Organization: Wisconsin DNR
Location: Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, Ashland
Learn all about bats, including how you can monitor them! Family friendly.

Citizen Science at UW Arboretum
26 Aug 2018
Organization: UW Madison-Arboretum
Location: Madison
People of all ages can be citizen scientists. Learn about projects happening in your community and how to get involved. Naturalist-led hike, 1:302:30 p.m., indoor activities, 2:303:30 p.m. Free.

Wisconsin Master Naturalist Training
27 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Organization: Friends of Hartman Creek State Park, UW-Extension
Location: Waupaca
8am-5pm. Master Naturalists are committed volunteers who participate in conservation education, stewardship, and citizen science. Covers geology, ecology, plant communities, wildlife, interpretation, water, & human impacts.

Mussel Monitoring Lecture and Field Demonstration
30 Aug 2018
Organization: Wisconsin DNR
Location: Ridges Sanctuary, Baileys Harbor
2:00pm-4:00pm (field demo) & 7:00pm-8:30pm (lecture). Learn about Wisconsin's native mussels and how you can get involved in monitoring them!

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, 2 Jan 2018 - 27 Dec 2018
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 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
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 2018 - 15 Nov 2018
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 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
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, 17 Mar 2018 - 20 Oct 2018
Organization: UW-Extension
Location: Carpenter Nature Center, Hastings, MN
3rd Sat. of the month through Oct. Master Naturalists are committed volunteers who participate in conservation education, stewardship, and citizen science. Covers geology, ecology, plant communities, wildlife, interpretation, water, & human impacts.

Wisconsin Turtle Conservation Program, 2 Apr 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
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, 2 Apr 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
Organization: Wiscosin Department of Natural Resources
Location: statewide
Report observations of dragonflies and damselflies. Photographs of observations are recommended.

Water Action Volunteers - Stream Monitoring, 2 Apr 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
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 Rare Plant Monitoring Program, 15 Apr 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
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 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
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 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
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).

LoonWatch, 1 May 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Organization: Northland College
Location: statewide
Volunteer to monitor and protect Wisconsin's loons! New volunteers must participate in a Loon Ranger Workshop.

Clean Boats, Clean Waters, 15 May 2018 - 15 Sep 2018
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension.
Location: statewide
Trained volunteers inspect watercraft for aquatic invasive species and report sightings.

Citizen Science: Fireflies: Natures Silent Fireworks, 29 May 2018 - 28 Aug 2018
Organization: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Location: Milwaukee
All participants will learn the protocol for participating in Firefly Watch, an important, yet simple citizen science project you can complete at Schlitz Audubon, or in your own back yard. Registration required.

Urban Ecology Center summer monitoring, 1 Jun 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
Organization: Urban Ecology Center
Location: varies, Milwaukee
Drop by to monitor monarchs, mammals, dragonflies, birds, and more! Dates, times, and locations vary.

Wisconsin Master Naturalist Training, 14 Jul 2018 - 18 Aug 2018
Organization: Friends of Urban Nature, UW-Extension
Location: Madison
Saturdays. Master Naturalists are committed volunteers who participate in conservation education, stewardship, and citizen science. Covers geology, ecology, plant communities, wildlife, interpretation, water, & human impacts.

Operation Deer Watch, 1 Aug 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: Statewide
Report deer sightings between dawn and dusk.

Wisconsin Master Naturalist Training, 16 Aug 2018 - 20 Sep 2018
Organization: Camp Y-Koda, UW-Extension
Location: Sheboygan Falls
Thursdays 8:30-5:30. Master Naturalists are committed volunteers who participate in conservation education, stewardship, and citizen science. Covers geology, ecology, plant communities, wildlife, interpretation, water, & human impacts.

Wisconsin Master Naturalist Training, 21 Aug 2018 - 27 Sep 2018
Organization: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, UW-Extension
Location: Milwaukee
Select evenings & weekends. Master Naturalists are committed volunteers who participate in conservation education, stewardship, and citizen science. Covers geology, ecology, plant communities, wildlife, interpretation, water, & human impacts.

Bird Collision Corps, 10 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
Organization: Madison Audubon, UW-Madison
Location: UW-Madison
Document bird strikes at campus buildings during spring and fall migration. Training required.

Wisconsin Master Naturalist Training, 12 Sep 2018 - 7 Nov 2018
Organization: Ho-Chunk Nation, UW-Extension
Location: Black River Falls
Wednesday evenings & 2 Saturdays. Master Naturalists are committed volunteers who participate in conservation education, stewardship, and citizen science. Covers geology, ecology, plant communities, wildlife, interpretation, water, & human impacts.

Deer Hunter Widllife Survey, 15 Sep 2018 - 6 Jan 2019
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: Statewide
Report the wildlife you see while deer hunting.