Wisconsin Citizen-based Monitoring Network

Event Calendar

This page provides 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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Monitoring pollinators in wetlands: Opportunities for citizen scientists
29 Oct 2021
Organization: Wisconsin Wetlands Association
Location: online
10:30am. Wetlands are under-represented in pollinator monitoring projects. Learn about opportunities for volunteers to monitor bees and butterflies in wetlands and other habitats across the state.

Ongoing Events
Snapshot Wisconsin, 2 May 2016 - 31 Dec 2050
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 2050
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 First Detector Network, 1 Mar 2019 - 31 Dec 2029
Organization: UW Extension
Location: statewide
Identify and report invasive species.

Wisconsin Odonata Survey, 1 Apr 2021 - 31 Oct 2021
Organization: Wiscosin Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin Dragonfly Society
Location: statewide
Report observations of dragonflies and damselflies. Photographs of observations are recommended.

Early Morning Bird Walks, 1 Jul 2021 - 31 Dec 2022
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. Registration required.

Swift Night Out, 15 Aug 2021 - 15 Oct 2021
Organization: WI Chimney Swift Working Group
Location: statewide
Every night is a Swift Night Out! Pick a night to monitor swifts as they enter chimney roosts. Enter your data on eBird.

Deer Hunter Widllife Survey, 18 Sep 2021 - 9 Jan 2022
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Location: Statewide
Report the wildlife you see while deer hunting.

Project FeederWatch, 15 Nov 2021 - 1 Apr 2022
Organization: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Location: nationwide
Count birds at your feeder for citizen science! $18 registration required.

Christmas Bird Count, 14 Dec 2021 - 5 Jan 2022
Organization: Audubon Society
Location: nationwide
All Christmas Bird Counts are conducted between December 14 to January 5, each season. Your local count will occur on one day between those dates. Participate in as many counts as you wish! This year's counts will include social distancing.

Citizen Lake Monitoring Network, 15 Mar 2022 - 15 Nov 2022
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.

Water Action Volunteers - Stream Monitoring, 1 Apr 2022 - 31 Oct 2022
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 Turtle Conservation Program, 1 Apr 2022 - 30 Sep 2022
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, 1 Apr 2022 - 31 Jul 2022
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.

Citizen Science Month, 1 Apr 2022 - 30 Apr 2022
Organization: Citizen Science Association, SciStarter
Location: nationwide
Citizen Science Month is an annual event to celebrate and promote all things citizen science: amazing discoveries, incredible volunteers, hardworking practitioners, inspiring projects, and anything else citizen science-related!

Wisconsin Bumble Bee Brigade, 1 Apr 2022 - 31 Oct 2022
Organization: Wisconsin DNR
Location: statewide
Monitor and photograph native bumble bees to inform conservation and management efforts.

Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, 15 Apr 2022 - 30 Sep 2022
Organization: UW Arboretum, Monarch Joint Venture
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 Rare Plant Monitoring Program, 15 Apr 2022 - 31 Oct 2022
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 Bat Program - Acoustic & Roost Monitoring, 15 Apr 2022 - 30 Sep 2022
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 Mussel Monitoring Program, 1 May 2022 - 30 Sep 2022
Organization: Wisconsin DNR
Location: statewide
Monitor Wisconsin's native mussels. Wade in stream or walk along shorelines and photograph and count mussels.

Integrated Monarch Monitoring Program, 1 May 2022 - 30 Sep 2022
Organization: Monarch Joint Venture
Location: statewide
This national monitoring project relies on volunteers to monitor monarchs, milkweed, and nectar plants at priority sites.

Clean Boats, Clean Waters, 16 May 2022 - 15 Sep 2022
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension.
Location: statewide
Trained volunteers inspect watercraft for aquatic invasive species and report sightings.