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.

July 2017
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.

National Moth Week
22 Jul 2017 - 30 Jul 2017
Organization:
Location: nationwide
Observe and report moths anywhere in the state! This is a fun citizen science activity for all ages.

Public Bat Monitoring
24 Jul 2017
Organization: Mosquito Hill Nature Center
Location: New London
To assist the DNR with bat research, we will monitor the nature center property for bat presence throughout the summer. Well follow a pre-planned route around the property recording bat calls and location with an Anabat detector.

Invasive Species In Your Forest
25 Jul 2017
Organization: UW-Stevens Point
Location: Schmeeckle Reserve, Stevens Point
9am-4:30pm. For educators: A professional development workshop to learn about invasive species and how to get your students involved in citizen science.

National Moth Week Citizen Science survey
26 Jul 2017
Organization: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Location: Milwaukee
8-10pm. Learn about how moths differ from their daytime cousins, butterflies, and why they are so important to have them in the ecosystem. We will go outside to monitor bait trees & a UV station. Registration required.

Invasive Phragmites and Knotweed Community Training
27 Jul 2017
Organization: OWLT, UW-Extension, Wisconsin First Detector's Network, Friends of Kohler-Andrae State Park
Location: Kohler-Andrae State Park, Sheboygan
6-9pm. A community training event to learn about identification, impacts, and management of invasive Phragmites and knotweeds. Participants will also learn how they can get involved in ongoing monitoring projects. Please register.

Great Wisconsin Bat Count
28 Jul 2017 - 30 Jul 2017
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!

Monarch Monitoring Blitz
29 Jul 2017 - 5 Aug 2017
Organization: Monarch Joint Venture, Monarch Larva Monitoring Project
Location: statewide
Help scientists understand the range and population size of late summer breeding monarchs. Visit monarch habitat that contains milkweed. Check for monarch eggs, caterpillars, and chrysalises, and report your observations!

August 2017
Monarch Monitoring Training, 3 Aug 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Master Naturalists, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin
Location: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, Milwaukee
9-4pm. Get trained to participate in monarch monitoring. Advanced training for Master Naturalist volunteers, but anyone is welcome. Register by July 27. Additional training on Aug 4 for groups that want to learn to train volunteers.

Firefly Watch, 3 Aug 2017
Organization: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Location: Milwaukee
8-9pm. Learn how to identify and count fireflies in your own backyard for this important yet simple Citizen Science project. Perfect for families of all ages! Registration is required.

Natural Heritage Conservation at the Wisconsin State Fair, 3 Aug 2017 - 13 Aug 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: Milwaukee
Learn about citizen-based monitoring from Natural Heritage Conservation staff. Ask us about monitoring birds, turtles, bats, and more!

AIS Bridge Snapshot Day, 5 Aug 2017
Organization: River Alliance of Wisconsin
Location: Statewide
Meet at a location near you & get trained to identify and monitor for aquatic invasive species. Then travel to a local bridge and look for invasives.

Mussels of the Sugar River, 7 Aug 2017
Organization: Upper Sugar River Watershed Association
Location: Verona Public Library, Verona
6-7:30pm. Learn all about the fascinating life cycle of a mussel, how they benefit the river, and what research is currently being done in the Sugar River, and how you can get involved in mussel monitoring!

Bat Talk and Walk, 8 Aug 2017
Organization: North Lakeland Discovery Center
Location: Manitowish Waters
8:30-10pm. Learn about Wisconsin bats, their benefits, threats and what you can do to protect them. Meet live bats and take a walk using a new piece of acoustic monitoring equipment, the Echometer Touch! Register by 8/7.

Monarch Larva Monitoring Project Training, 8 Aug 2017 - 10 Aug 2017
Organization: Blue Mounds Area Project
Location: State Bank of Cross Plains, Mount Horeb
5:30pm-7:30pm on 8/8 and 8/10. Must attend both sessions. Learn to monitor for monarchs with a national citizen science project. Participants receive a free monitoring kit!

Swift Night Out, 11 Aug 2017 - 13 Aug 2017
Organization:
Location: statewide
Locate a Chimney Swift roost in your area, choose a night to monitor, and count swifts for 30 minutes.

Wisconsin Master Naturalist Training, 14 Aug 2017 - 18 Aug 2017
Organization: UW-Extension, Friends of Hartman Creek State Park
Location: Hartman Creek State Park, Waupaca
8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Master Naturalists are committed volunteers who participate in conservation education, stewardship, and citizen science.

Public Bat Monitoring, 21 Aug 2017
Organization: Mosquito Hill Nature Center
Location: New London
To assist the DNR with bat research, we will monitor the nature center property for bat presence throughout the summer. Well follow a pre-planned route around the property recording bat calls and location with an Anabat detector.

Dragonflies and Monarchs - A Perfect Pairing , 26 Aug 2017
Organization: Urban Ecology Center
Location: Washington Park, Milwaukee
11am-1pm. Catch and identify dragonfly (and damselfly) species of Washington Park. Then, take a side adventure to find and count all of the monarch caterpillars in the park. Learn survey techniques and the life cycles of two fascinating insects.

Wisconsin Bat Festival, 26 Aug 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources & Organization for Bat Conservation
Location: Mitchell Park Conservancy, Milwaukee
9am-5pm. A fun, family-friendly event where you can learn all about bats, including bat citizen science!

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.

Monarch Monitoring Training, 30 Aug 2017
Organization: Wisconsin Master Naturalists, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin
Location: UW-Madison Arboretum, Madison
9-4pm. Get trained to participate in monarch monitoring. Advanced training for Master Naturalist volunteers, but anyone is welcome. Register by Aug 22. Additional training on Aug 4 for groups that want to learn to train volunteers.

September 2017
Swift Night Out, 1 Sep 2017
Organization: Madison Audubon Society
Location: Cherokee Heights Middle School, Madison
6:30-8pm. Bring a lawn chair and binoculars to observe and count swifts as they gather at communal roosts before fall migration to South America.

Dragonflies and Monarchs - A Perfect Pairing , 6 Sep 2017
Organization: Urban Ecology Center
Location: Washington Park, Milwaukee
1-3pm. Catch and identify dragonfly (and damselfly) species of Washington Park. Then, take a side adventure to find and count all of the monarch caterpillars in the park. Learn survey techniques and the life cycles of two fascinating insects.

Swift Night Out, 8 Sep 2017 - 10 Sep 2017
Organization:
Location: statewide
Locate a Chimney Swift roost in your area, choose a night to monitor, and count swifts for 30 minutes.

Northern Saw-whet Owl Banding Training, 13 Sep 2017 - 14 Sep 2017
Organization: Beaver Creek Reserve
Location: Fall Creek
5am-12pm Wed & Thurs. Learn how you can participate in the Saw-whet Owl banding program, which takes place September-November. Register by Sept 10.

Monarchs and Migration, 16 Sep 2017
Organization: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Location: Milwaukee
1-3pm. Learn about the life cycle, threats and programs that support these amazing butterflies. We will also venture out with nets and tags to participate in an international Monarch study. Registration is required.

All About Monarchs, 16 Sep 2017
Organization: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Location: Milwaukee
10-11:30am. Families with young children can be Citizen Scientists! Learn about monarchs in an interactive, child-friendly way, & venture out with nets and tags to join an international monarch study! Registration 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.

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
November 2017
December 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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).

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Wisconsin Master Naturalist Training, 21 Aug 2017 - 20 Sep 2017
Organization: UW-Extension, North Lakeland Discovery Center
Location: Manitowish Waters
Primarily weekdays 9-5. Master Naturalists are committed volunteers who participate in conservation education, stewardship, and citizen science.

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.



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