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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Wisconsin Bumble Bee Brigade Training
2 Jul 2019
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: St. Croix River Visitor Center, St. Croix Falls
9am-1:30pm. Get trained to identify, photograph, and monitor Wisconsins bumble bees. These native pollinators need your help! Registration required.

2019 Beaver Creek Butterfly Count
9 Jul 2019
Organization: Beaver Creek Reserve
Location: Fall Creek
9:30am-4:00pm. Meet at the Wise Nature Center to review species & get directions for the count and receive a route assignment. Most counters usually spend two to four hours counting, but you may count for as little as one hour. Registration required.

Wisconsin Bumble Bee Brigade Training
11 Jul 2019
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, Ashland
9am-1:30pm. Get trained to identify, photograph, and monitor Wisconsins bumble bees. These native pollinators need your help! Registration required.

Atlas Blitz - Sandhill State Wildlife Area
12 Jul 2019 - 14 Jul 2019
Organization: Wisconsin DNR, WSO, WGLBBO
Location: Babcock
Join other atlasers to help collect critical data in unfinished priority blocks in the wilds of the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge and the Bear Bluff area in Jackson and Wood Counties. RSVP required.

Bioblitz
13 Jul 2019
Organization: Carpenter Nature Center
Location: Hudson
8am-2pm. Learn from bird, invertebrate, reptile, amphibian, and plant experts in a fun day of citizen science. Come to the WI Campus and join inventory teams in restored prairies, riparian habitats and wooded bluff lands.

Riverside Park Firefly Monitoring
17 Jul 2019
Organization: Urban Ecology Center
Location: Riverside Park, Milwaukee
7:30-9:30pm. Participate in this summer's joint firefly monitoring project with the Milwaukee Public Museum. Please register in advance.

Great Wisconsin Bat Count
19 Jul 2019 - 21 Jul 2019
Organization: Wisconsin DNR
Location: statewide
Count bats as they leave their roosts at night. This is the first of two statewide bat counts that are held each summer.

Atlas Blitz - Kemp Natural Resources Station
19 Jul 2019 - 21 Jul 2019
Organization: WSO, WGLBBO, Wisconsin DNR
Location: Woodruff
Join other atlasers to help collect critical data in unfinished blocks in the great north woods of Oneida, Vilas, and Forest Counties, including the Nicolet National Forest and the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest. Registration required

Oconto County - Atlasing Field Trip
20 Jul 2019
Organization: Northeast Wisconsin Audubon
Location: Abrams
6:30-10:30am. Help the NEW Audubon Chapter atlas their Oconto Falls South-CE priority block!Free + open to the public! RSVP required.

Moth Walk
20 Jul 2019
Organization: Friends of Cherokee Marsh
Location: Cherokee Marsh, Madison
8-9:30pm. Join naturalist Jeff Steele on this new night walk to see and learn about moths and other night-flying insects. We'll walk to different viewing spots to view insects under ultraviolet light.

National Moth Week
20 Jul 2019 - 28 Jul 2019
Organization:
Location: nationwide
Observe and report moths anywhere in the state! This is a fun citizen science activity for all ages.

Washington Park Evening Bioblitz: Songs after Sunset!
22 Jul 2019
Organization: Urban Ecology Center
Location: Washington Park, Milwaukee
8-10pm. We will conduct wildlife surveys for fireflies, frogs and bats and keep our eyes peeled for other nocturnal critters. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight!

Moth Week Event
24 Jul 2019
Organization: UW-River Falls, The Prairie Enthusiasts
Location: Foster Conservation Area, River Falls
Join us for a celebration of Moths! Contact Kevyn Juneau for details.

Moth Week Celebration
27 Jul 2019
Organization: Carpenter Nature Center, UW-River Falls
Location: Carpenter Nature Center, Hudson
Join us for a celebration of insects!

International Monarch Monitoring Blitz
27 Jul 2019 - 4 Aug 2019
Organization: Monarch Joint Venture
Location: statewide
Contribute to an international snapshot of the monarch population. Report monarch eggs, larvae, and adults to mlmp.org.

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 Breeding Bird Atlas, 1 Feb 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
Organization: Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, Wisconsin DNR, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
Location: statewide
Final year of a 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!

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.

American Kestrel Nestbox Monitoring Program, 15 Mar 2019 - 30 Sep 2019
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, 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.

Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey, 1 Apr 2019 - 31 Jul 2019
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 2019 - 30 Sep 2019
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, 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.

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 Master Naturalist Training, 4 Apr 2019 - 29 Aug 2019
Organization: UW-Extension, Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve
Location: Superior
Master Naturalists are dedicated, trained volunteers for environmental education, stewardship, and citizen science. Meets Thursday evenings & Saturdays. Registration required.

Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, 15 Apr 2019 - 30 Sep 2019
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 2019 - 30 Sep 2019
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 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.

LoonWatch, 1 May 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
Organization: Northland College
Location: statewide
Volunteer to monitor and protect Wisconsin's loons! New volunteers must participate in a Loon Ranger Workshop.

Wisconsin Mussel Monitoring Program, 1 May 2019 - 30 Sep 2019
Organization: Wisconsin DNR
Location: statewide
Monitor Wisconsin's native mussels. Wade in stream or walk along shorelines and photograph and count mussels.

Waukesha County Snake Surveys, 13 May 2019 - 31 Jul 2019
Organization: Waukesha County Parks
Location: Retzer Nature Center, Waukesha
Wednesdays 5:30-7:30pm. Help our staff determine what species of reptiles call Waukesha County home by assisting us on snake cover board surveys. Please register for each date separately.

Clean Boats, Clean Waters, 15 May 2019 - 15 Sep 2019
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension.
Location: statewide
Trained volunteers inspect watercraft for aquatic invasive species and report sightings.

Breeding Bird Surveys, 12 Jun 2019 - 31 Jul 2019
Organization: Waukesha County Parks
Location: Waukesha
Most Wednesdays 7-10am. Join our staff on a breeding or migratory bird survey to document which bird species are using the park systems vital natural areas. Great for all experience levels. Separate registration required for each date.