Citizen Science Projects: Animals

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

Minnesota Loon Monitoring Program

Information about Common Loon numbers is collected on over 600 lakes. Volunteers visit lakes during the summer, count adult and juvenile loons, and report observations for data management and analysis.

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Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Minnesota Marshbird Survey

The overall goal of the MN Marshbird Survey is to create ongoing, long-term marshbird monitoring for the state of MN. This will provide natural resource managers information they need to effectively manage these secretive birds and their wetland habitats.

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Minnesota Audubon, Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes Region Joint Venture

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