Citizen Science Projects: Wisconsin

Adopt-A-Stormdrain

The biggest threat to Lake Superior is stormwater pollution, the huge volume of water that runs off our rooftops, driveways, patios, sidewalks, and roads into the storm drain system when it rains or when snow melts. This runoff washes trash, dirt, fertilizer, pesticides, road salt, dog poop, and other pollutants directly into the nearest waterway. Rain rushing down the storm drain system can turn the rivers and streams into raging torrents that scour the stream banks, and sends tons of sediment and pollution into Lake Superior. The Adopt a Storm Drain Program is an effort to restore our area rivers and lakes by looking upstream to where their water comes from. Our rivers and lakes are not pristine environments and much of their water comes directly from roads and sidewalks through storm drain pipes. Our Adopt a Storm Drain Program accepts this reality and works to clean waterways by keeping the storm drains that feed them free from litter, leaves, and debris. Keeping debris away from the storm drains also reduces the chance of flooding in yards and homes in your neighborhood. This program is designed to recruit residents, neighborhoods, businesses, community groups, and youth to take sustained action to keep storm drains clear and clean. Volunteers will be provided with instructions to care for a storm drain or multiple drains on their street. Tasks include monitoring and removing debris from the storm drain(s) approximately once a week during the storm season. Hours will be tracked by the volunteer and submitted to the City after each clean-up or at the end of November.

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City of Superior Stormwater Utility

Bluebird Restoration Association of WI

Members build bluebird trails and monitor trails through recording and summarizing nest box data.

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North American Bluebird Society

Citizen Lake Monitoring Program

The goals of the Citizen Lake Monitoring Program are to collect high quality data, to educate and empower volunteers, and to share this data and knowledge.

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin-Extension

Great Wisconsin Birdathon

The Great WI Birdathon engages individuals and communities to raise support and awareness for birds in WI in this walkathon-style fundraiser. Participate by donating to a team or forming your own to count birds.

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Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative

LoonWatch

LoonWatch’s Annual Lakes Monitoring Program engages an active volunteer network of Loon Rangers as its primary tool to collect critical long-term data on loons in northern WI. Working as population monitors and environmental educators, these volunteers have been the field force that has provided data, and contributed to environmental awareness.

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Northland College, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Mussel Monitoring Program of Wisconsin

Over half of Wisconsin’s 51 native mussel species (also known as clams) are listed as species of greatest conservation need or we need information on where they currently occur. Threats like habitat alteration (dams, siltation) and the presence of invasive mussels (zebra mussels) pose major threats to the existence of our native mussels. The Mussel Monitoring Program of Wisconsin would like your help in finding out what mussels occur in your area!

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Rare Plant Monitoring Program

Volunteers are trained to identify rare plants, conduct surveys, and submit data. Data is used to advance knowledge of rare plants in WI, and to help preserve rare flora for future generations.

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources