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.

April 2018
Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey- Schlitz Audubon
17 Apr 2018
Organization: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Location: Milwaukee
7pm. Join us at sunset when we will carpool to ten frog and toad roadside listening stations in northern Milwaukee County. Learn how to identify Wisconsins frog and toad species by call. Contact mallison@schlitzaudubon.org with questions.

Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention and Water Action Volunteers Symposium
18 Apr 2018 - 20 Apr 2018
Organization: UW-Extension
Location: Stevens Point
Connect with fellow organization leaders, volunteer monitors, resource managers, researchers, service providers and educators. Attend talks, trainings, and networking events. Registration required.

Frog Fest
18 Apr 2018
Organization: Beaver Creek
Location: Fall Creek
7-10pm. The Wisconsin Frog Fest circuit hosts 11 frog species and 1 toad. Join as Reserve staff helps you to identify species by sight and sound. Register by 4/16. $3-8

Water Action Volunteers basic training
21 Apr 2018
Organization: WI DNR, UW-Extension
Location: Blanchardville
9am-4pm. Learn to monitor water quality in your local stream. Pre-registration required.

Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas Eastern Region Kickoff
21 Apr 2018
Organization: Wisconsin DNR, WSO, WGLBBO
Location: Sturgeon Bay Library, Sturgeon Bay
12-4:30pm. The 2018 breeding season will be another pivotal year for Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II, and well need birders from across the region to pitch in to complete this monumental effort by 2019. Help us get 2018 off to a dynamic start!

Earth Day Workday
22 Apr 2018
Organization: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Location: Milwaukee
10am-12pm, 2-4pm. Help us honor, celebrate and work for the Earth! We will collect litter from the shoreline and record our findings with the Alliance for the Great Lakes. Many other activities too! RSVP to SManning@schlitzaudubon.org

Water Action Volunteers basic training
23 Apr 2018 - 25 Apr 2018
Organization: WI DNR, UW-Extension
Location: New Glarus
5:30-8:30pm Apr 23 & 25. Learn to monitor water quality in your local stream. Pre-registration required.

Dodge County - Horicon Marsh Night Atlasing
26 Apr 2018
Organization: Wisconsin DNR, WGLBBO, WSO
Location: Horicon
7-9pm. Join the Horicon Marsh Birdclub as they lead a night hike on the Horicon Marsh Federal Refuge listening for owls, rails, bitterns, and other marshbirds for Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas.

Acoustic Bat Monitoring Training
26 Apr 2018
Organization: Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary
Location: Sarona
7:30-9:30pm. Please join us while we discuss the bats of Wisconsin and demonstrate how to operate the bat detection equipment, followed by conducting a bat walk on the property. This training is for potential volunteers interested monitoring bats.

Water Action Volunteers basic training
27 Apr 2018
Organization: WI DNR, UW-Extension
Location: Elkhorn
12-6pm. Learn to monitor water quality in your local stream. Pre-registration required.

Water Action Volunteers basic training
28 Apr 2018
Organization: WI DNR, UW-Extension
Location: La Farge
10am-3pm. Learn to monitor water quality in your local stream. Pre-registration required.

Atlasing - Night Sounds at Rush Lake
28 Apr 2018
Organization: Wisconsin DNR, WGLBBO, WSO
Location: Ripon
6pm. Take in the night sounds of the grasslands and wetlands surrounding Rush Lake This is an excellent way to learn how to collect nocturnal data for Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II.

Water Action Volunteers basic training
29 Apr 2018
Organization: WI DNR, UW-Extension
Location: Baileys Harbor
12-6pm. Learn to monitor water quality in your local stream. Pre-registration required.

Lincoln County - Treehaven Intro Workshop for New Atlasers
29 Apr 2018
Organization: Wisconsin DNR, WGLBBO, WSO
Location: Tomahawk
1-3pm. This event will include background and directions, results so far, and how you can help in the last two years of the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas project.

May 2018
Frog Watch USA Monitoring Session, 1 May 2018
Organization: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Location: Milwaukee
7:30pm. FrogWatch USA is a citizen science project that invites participants to learn about local wetlands and identify frogs and toads by their calls. We will visit one of our ponds at sunset to listen for calls.

Global Big Day, 5 May 2018
Organization: eBird
Location: worldwide
Wherever you are in the world, go eBirding on 5 May to be a part of birdings biggest day! Its that simple. If you submit your birds to eBird they count. Use the website or mobile app, whichever you prefer. Birders of all experience levels welcome!

Integrated Monarch Monitoring Program Training, 15 May 2018
Organization: Monarch Joint Venture
Location: New Richmond
Learn to count monarchs and carefully describe their habitats. $50. Registration required.

Citizen Science Workshop: Dragonfly Monitor Training, 19 May 2018
Organization: UW-Madison Arboretum
Location: Madison
1-3:30pm. Participants will learn to identify many common dragonfly species, conduct surveys, and record and submit data. Register by May 4.

Fawn Search Volunteering, 21 May 2018 - 3 Jun 2018
Organization: Wisconsin DNR
Location: Dodgeville
Volunteers will hike alongside DNR research staff to collar up to our goal of 100 fawns. We go out every day during the fawn survey, rain or shine, from the Dodgeville DNR Service Station. Volunteer for 1 or several days! Registration required.

WI Frog and Toad Survey- Schlitz Audubon, 22 May 2018
Organization: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Location: Milwaukee
8pm. Join us at sunset when we will carpool to ten frog and toad roadside listening stations in northern Milwaukee County. Learn how to identify Wisconsins frog and toad species by call.

Monarch Monitoring Training , 23 May 2018
Organization: WIMN, NRF
Location: Beaver Creek Reserve, Fall Creek
Learn about monarch monitoring projects from University of Minnesota Monarch Lab experts including Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, Journey North and Project Monarch Health.

June 2018
Mussel and stream monitoring training, 2 Jun 2018
Organization: Wisconsin DNR, Rock RIver Coalition
Location: Marsh Haven Nature Center, Waupun
9:30am-3:30pm. Learn how to become a stream steward and mussel monitor during this volunteer stream monitoring training workshop. Register by May 27.

Karner Blue Butterfly Volunteer Training, 16 Jun 2018
Organization: Wisconsin DNR
Location: Hartman Creek State Park, Waupaca
10am-12pm. Get trained to monitor the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly. Volunteers will receive training butterflys life cycle, habitat, and identification, as well as monitoring protocols. Registration required.

Karner Blue Butterfly Volunteer Training, 23 Jun 2018
Organization: Wisconsin DNR
Location: Sandhill Wildlife Area, Babcock
10am-12pm. Get trained to monitor the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly. Volunteers will receive training butterflys life cycle, habitat, and identification, as well as monitoring protocols. Registration required.

July 2018
August 2018
September 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.

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.

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 Frog and Toad Survey, 2 Apr 2018 - 31 Jul 2018
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 Bird Monitoring, 2 Apr 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
Organization: Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative
Location: statewide
Conduct monitoring of secretive marshbirds, owls, or nightjars along set survey routes.

WI Master Naturalist Training- NW Passage, 7 Apr 2018 - 20 May 2018
Organization: UW-Extension
Location: Northwest Passage, Webster
Master Naturalists are committed volunteers who participate in conservation education, stewardship, and citizen science. Covers geology, ecology, plant communities, wildlife, interpretation, water, & human impacts. Every other weekend.

WI Master Naturalist Training- NW Passage, 7 Apr 2018 - 20 May 2018
Organization: UW-Extension
Location: Northwest Passage, Webster
Master Naturalists are committed volunteers who participate in conservation education, stewardship, and citizen science. Covers geology, ecology, plant communities, wildlife, interpretation, water, & human impacts. Every other weekend.

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).

WI Master Naturalist Training, 21 Apr 2018 - 19 May 2018
Organization: UW-Extension
Location: Waupaca
Master Naturalists are committed volunteers who participate in conservation education, stewardship, and citizen science. Covers geology, ecology, plant communities, wildlife, interpretation, water, & human impacts. Every Saturday.

WI Master Naturalist Training- The Prairie Enthusiasts, 28 Apr 2018 - 17 Jun 2018
Organization: UW-Extension
Location: Blue Mounds
Master Naturalists are committed volunteers who participate in conservation education, stewardship, and citizen science. Covers geology, ecology, plant communities, wildlife, interpretation, water, & human impacts. Selected weekends.

WI Master Naturalist Training- Wehr Nature Center, 30 Apr 2018 - 25 Jun 2018
Organization: UW-Extension
Location: Franklin
Master Naturalists are committed volunteers who participate in conservation education, stewardship, and citizen science. Covers geology, ecology, plant communities, wildlife, interpretation, water, & human impacts. Monday evenings.



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