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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Bird Survey- Beginner
16 Oct 2019
Organization: Waukesha County Parks
Location: Nashotah Park, Nashotah
8-10am. Join our staff on a breeding or migratory bird survey to document which bird species are using the park systems vital natural areas during spring, summer, and fall! Great for beginners! Registration required.

WEBINAR- Study Design: Developing a Citizen Science Project that Delivers Results
16 Oct 2019
Organization: Federal Community of Practice for Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science
Location: online
1-2pm. This 60-minute session will explore the fundamental building blocks for building a strong citizen science program. Free; registration required.

Wisconsin Science Festival
17 Oct 2019 - 20 Oct 2019
Organization: UW-Madison, WARF, Morgridge Institute for Research
Location: statewide
The four-day Wisconsin Science Festival is a statewide celebration with events across Wisconsin for people of all ages. Events include hands-on science exhibitions, demonstrations, performances, tours, pub nights, workshops and more.

October Big Day
19 Oct 2019
Organization: eBird
Location: worldwide
Contribute to a worldwide snapshot of bird abundance and distribution. Submit your bird observations to eBird on Oct 19. Birders of all experience levels welcome to participate.

Wolf Howl
22 Oct 2019
Organization: North Lakeland Discovery Center
Location: Manitowish Waters
7-10pm. Travel to wolf territory and perform a survey by howling at wolves. Transportation provided. Registration required. $10-22

Wisconsin Master Naturalist Instructor Training
22 Oct 2019 - 23 Oct 2019
Organization: UW-Extension
Location: Tomahawk
Would you and your organization like to support stewardship, environmental education, and citizen science volunteer efforts by becoming a Master Naturalist Instructor or host site? Apply by October 6.

Bird Survey- Advanced
23 Oct 2019
Organization: Waukesha County Parks
Location: Naga-Waukee Park, Hartland
8-10am. Join us for a more thorough bird survey. Prior birding experience a plus, as well delve into more than species identifications. Great for experienced birders! Registration required.

Upper Sugar River Watershed Association Open House
24 Oct 2019
Organization: Upper Sugar River Watershed Association
Location: Verona
5-7:30pm. Refreshments provided. Community members and businesses are invited to stop by anytime during the open house to view posters, displays, and learn more about Upper Sugar River Watershed Association.

Northern Saw-whet Owl Banding
26 Oct 2019
Organization: Beaver Creek Reserve
Location: Fall Creek
8:30-10:30pm. You will be able to learn about the birds, their migration, and the banding process. Register by Oct 23.

Wolf Ecology Workshop
26 Oct 2019
Organization: Wisconsin DNR, Timber Wolf Alliance
Location: Northland College, Ashland
9am-3pm. Basics of wolf ecology & management, natural history, identification, monitoring techniques, wolf-human conflicts, & predator-prey ecology. Required training for Volunteer Carnivore Tracking program. Registration required. $30

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, 1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019
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 First Detector Network, 1 Mar 2019 - 31 Dec 2029
Organization: UW Extension
Location: statewide
Identify and report invasive species.

Citizen Lake Monitoring Network, 15 Mar 2019 - 15 Nov 2019
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.

Wisconsin Master Naturalist Training, 16 Mar 2019 - 19 Oct 2019
Organization: UW-Extension, Carpenter Nature Center, St. Croix County Parks, The Friends of Willow River & Kinnickinnic State Parks, and The Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center
Location: St. Croix Valley
Master Naturalists are dedicated, trained volunteers for environmental education, stewardship, and citizen science. Usually meets 3rd Saturday of the month. Registration required.

Water Action Volunteers - Stream Monitoring, 1 Apr 2019 - 31 Oct 2019
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 2019 - 31 Oct 2019
Organization: Wiscosin Department of Natural Resources
Location: statewide
Report observations of dragonflies and damselflies. Photographs of observations are recommended.

Wisconsin Bumble Bee Brigade, 15 Apr 2019 - 31 Oct 2019
Organization: Wisconsin DNR
Location: statewide
Monitor and photograph native bumble bees to inform conservation and management efforts.

Wisconsin Rare Plant Monitoring Program, 15 Apr 2019 - 31 Oct 2019
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.

Wisconsin Master Naturalist Training , 11 Sep 2019 - 6 Oct 2019
Organization: Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, UW-Extension
Location: Superior
Master Naturalists are dedicated, trained volunteers for environmental education, stewardship, and citizen science. Schedule varies. Registration required.

Deer Hunter Widllife Survey, 14 Sep 2019 - 5 Jan 2020
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: Statewide
Report the wildlife you see while deer hunting.

Wisconsin Volunteer Carnivore Tracking Program, 1 Nov 2019 - 31 Mar 2020
Organization: WDNR
Location: northern and central Wisconsin
Estimate the abundance and distribution of carnivores by observing the number and location of their tracks. Participants must attend training sessions before monitoring.

Project FeederWatch, 9 Nov 2019 - 3 Apr 2020
Organization: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Location: nationwide
Count birds at your feeder for citizen science! $18 registration required.

Christmas Bird Count, 14 Dec 2019 - 5 Jan 2020
Organization: Audubon Society
Location: nationwide
All Christmas Bird Counts are conducted between December 14 to January 5, inclusive dates, each season. Your local count will occur on one day between those dates. Participate in as many counts as you wish!