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.

June 2018
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- 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.

Breeding Bird Atlas Blitz
14 Jun 2018
Organization: Beaver Creek Reserve
Location: Fall Creek
7-11am. Join us as we search the Reserve to record as many breeding birds as possible. Registration required by June 11.

Monroe Invasive Species Working Group Field Day
14 Jun 2018
Organization: WIFDN
Location: Pine View Campground, Sparta
9am-3pm. Learn to identify, report, and control invasive species. Register by June 8.

Citizen Science Bat Monitoring
14 Jun 2018
Organization: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Location: Milwaukee
8:30-10pm. Bat populations are in decline. Help us to gather information for the Department of Natural Resources by participating in acoustic surveys. Registration required.

Dragonfly Magic
14 Jun 2018
Organization: Weiss Community Library
Location: Hayward
6-7pm. Fun facts about the biology, ecology, and identification of dragonflies and damselflies. Find out how you can get involved in dragonfly monitoring.

BIRDING BY EAR: Learning to identify birds without sight- Part 2
16 Jun 2018
Organization: Madison Audubon, Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired
Location: Pheasant Branch Conservancy, Middleton
8-10am. For individuals who experience vision loss or impairment, this class teaches techniques and songs for identifying birds by close listening. Sighted assistants will be on hand for safe walking. Registration required. $20. Part 1 held June 2.

Calumet County - Blockbusting Blitz
16 Jun 2018
Organization: Wisconsin DNR, WSO, WGLBBO
Location: Brillion State Wildlife Area, Brillion
Come help survey the Brillion State Wildlife Area for the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II on Saturday, June 16. RSVP for details.

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.

Door County - Clearing Workshop 2018: Birding Hot Spots
18 Jun 2018 - 19 Jun 2018
Organization: The Clearing, Wisconsin DNR, WSO, WGLBBO
Location: The Clearing, Ellison Bay
7:00am - 2:00pm. The two-day workshop starts in a different natural area each day. Depending on conditions, well look for birds until late morning, have lunch at the Clearing and review our morning with eBird and check lists. RSVP required.

Mussel Workshop
18 Jun 2018
Organization: Upper Sugar River Watershed Association
Location: The Hop Garden, Paoli
6-9pm. Attendees will learn about the ecology of mussels, identification of different mussel species, and field exercises to help view mussels in their natural habitat.

Wisconsin Bumble Bee Brigade Training
19 Jun 2018
Organization: Wisconsin DNR
Location: Madison
9am-1pm. Get trained to photograph, monitor, and report native bumble bees. Registration required.

Citizen Science Bat Monitoring
19 Jun 2018
Organization: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Location: Milwaukee
8:15-10pm. Bat populations are in decline. Help us to gather information for the Department of Natural Resources by participating in acoustic surveys. Registration required.

Conservancy Day: Citizen Science
21 Jun 2018
Organization: Pheasant Branch Conservancy, WI Master Naturalists
Location: Kromrey Middle School, Middleton
6-7pm. More than 12,000 Wisconsin residents volunteer each year to conduct citizen-based monitoring of our plants, animals, and habitats. Find out about new volunteer opportunities like the Wisconsin Bumble Bee Brigade and how you can get involved.

WI Master Naturalist Training
21 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
Organization: Pheasant Branch Conservancy, UW-Extension
Location: Middleton
Master Naturalists are committed volunteers who participate in conservation education, stewardship, and citizen science. Covers geology, ecology, plant communities, wildlife, interpretation, water, & human impacts

Marinette County - Blockbusting Blitz
22 Jun 2018 - 24 Jun 2018
Organization: WSO, Wisconsin DNR, WGLBBO
Location: tbd
Join us for an opportunity to find "up north" breeding birds! All participants are welcome to join for our weekend-long birding blitz for as much time as you like. RSVP for details.

Oconto County - Atlasing Field Trip in the Oconto Falls South-CE Priority Block
23 Jun 2018
Organization: WSO, Wisconsin DNR, WGLBBO
Location: Abrams
6:30am - 10:30am. Help atlas the Northeast Wisconsin Audubon Chapters priority block! This atlasing outing will involve driving and walking along roads, and will be accessible to all. Free + open to everyone! RSVP required.

Citizen Science: Butterfly Count
23 Jun 2018
Organization: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Location: Milwaukee
9am-12pm; 12:30-4pm. Spend the day hiking to find and identify butterflies for the North American Butterfly Association Butterfly Count project. A morning and afternoon session are being offered. $3. 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.

WI Bumble Bee Brigade Training
25 Jun 2018
Organization: Wisconsin DNR
Location: Norsakdalen, Coon Valley
9am-1pm. Get trained to photograph, monitor, and report native bumble bees. Registration required.

Citizen Science Bat Monitoring
28 Jun 2018
Organization: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Location: Milwaukee
8:30-10pm. Bat populations are in decline. Help us to gather information for the Department of Natural Resources by participating in acoustic surveys. Registration required.

Dodge County Breeding Bird Atlas Blockbusting Event
30 Jun 2018
Organization: Horicon Marsh Bird Club, Wisconsin DNR, WSO, WGLBBO
Location: Horicon
7am. Join the Horicon Marsh Bird Club as we lead a field trip at the Horicon Marsh Bowmen Club and document breeding bird activity.

July 2018
Citizen Science Bat Monitoring, 3 Jul 2018
Organization: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Location: Milwaukee
8:30-10pm. Bat populations are in decline. Help us to gather information for the Department of Natural Resources by participating in acoustic surveys. Registration required.

Marinette County - Blockbusting Blitz, 6 Jul 2018 - 8 Jul 2018
Organization: Wisconsin DNR, WGLBBO, WSO
Location: tbd
Join us for an opportunity to find "up north" breeding birds! All participants are welcome to join for our weekend-long birding blitz for as much time as you like. RSVP for details.

WI Bumble Bee Brigade Training, 9 Jul 2018
Organization: Wisconsin DNR
Location: Milwaukee
9am-1pm. Get trained to photograph, monitor, and report native bumble bees. NRF field trip. Registration required.

Beaver Creek Butterfly Count, 10 Jul 2018
Organization: Beaver Creek Reserve
Location: Fall Creek
9:30am-noon. Meet at the Wise Nature Center to review species likely to be seen; then get directions for the count and receive a route assignment. Most counters usually spend two to four hours counting. Register by July 8.

Breeding Bird Atlas Blitz, 10 Jul 2018
Organization: Beaver Creek Reserve
Location: Fall Creek
7-11am. Join us as we search the Reserve to record as many breeding birds as possible. Registration required by July 8.

Mussel Workshop and Canoe Trip, 13 Jul 2018
Organization: Wisconsin DNR, North Lakeland Discovery Center
Location: Manitowish Waters
10am-4pm. Learn to about Wisconsin's native mussels and how you can volunteer to monitor them.

Breeding Bird Atlas Blitz, 20 Jul 2018
Organization: Beaver Creek Reserve
Location: Fall Creek
7-11am. Join us as we search the Reserve to record as many breeding birds as possible. Registration required by July 17.

Great Wisconsin Bat Count, 20 Jul 2018 - 22 Jul 2018
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: Statewide
Find a bat roost near you, and count the bats that emerge at sunset. It's easy, fun, and important!

Integrated Monarch Monitoring Program training, 21 Jul 2018 - 22 Jul 2018
Organization: Mosquito Hill Nature Center, Monarch Joint Venture
Location: New London
Join a national monarch monitoring project! Learn how to count monarchs and carefully describe their habitats. $50 materials fee.

Citizen Science Bat Monitoring, 25 Jul 2018
Organization: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Location: Milwaukee
8:30-10pm. Bat populations are in decline. Help us to gather information for the Department of Natural Resources by participating in acoustic surveys. Registration required.

August 2018
AIS Snapshot Day, 18 Aug 2018
Organization: River Alliance
Location: statewide
Get outside and get hands on! Volunteers will scout for aquatic invasive species (AIS) at bridge crossings throughout Wisconsin. No previous experience 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.

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!

September 2018
October 2018
November 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.

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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).

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.

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.

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.



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