Citizen Science Projects: Animals

Snapshot Wisconsin

A partnership to monitor wildlife year-round, using a statewide network of trail cameras. Individuals, families, and students (snapshot in the classroom) can provide data needed for wildlife management decisions.

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, NASA, Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Adler Planetarium, Zooniverse, University of Wisconsin-Extension

Wisconsin Bat Program

Trained volunteers conduct acoustic and roost surveys across WI to help the WI Bat Program determine species distribution and relative abundance.

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin Citizen-based Monitoring Network

Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II

A comprehensive field survey that documents the distribution and abundance of birds breeding in WI. Information will highlight changes in bird populations since the last survey and identify conservation needs.

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Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Western Great Lakes Bird & Bat Observatory, Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative

Wisconsin Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey

A long-term database of deer hunter observations contribute to a better understanding of abundance and distribution of wildlife and provide information for management decisions.

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey

The primary purpose of this citizen-based monitoring program is to determine the status, distribution, and long-term population trends of Wisconsin’s 12 frog and toad species.

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, United States Geological Survey, North American Amphibian Monitoring Program

Wisconsin Nightjar Survey

An after-dark survey of Whip-poor-wills, Common Nighthawks, and other nocturnal creatures to better understand population trends and distributions.

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Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative, Northeast Coordinated Bird Monitoring Partnership, United States Nightjar Survey Network, New Hampshire Audubon