Citizen Science Projects: Invertebrates

Bad River Watershed Monitoring Program

The overall objective of the BRWA Water Quality Monitoring Program is to establish at least a four-year baseline of water quality on the streams and rivers within our service area. The baseline data will be used to determine the overall health of watersheds and troubled spots will be investigated.

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The Bad River Watershed Association

Great Lakes Worm Watch

Great Lakes Worm Watch is committed to increasing public understanding and appreciation of the role of exotic earthworms in ecosystems change across the region.

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University of Minnesota Duluth-Natural Resources Resarch Institute, National Science Foundation, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, The Northeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, The Coastal Zone Management Act, Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center

Integrated Monarch Butterfly Monitoring Strategy

A national initiative to monitor monarch populations and habitat throughout the breeding range. The IMS uses a spatially balanced sampling scheme and draws from existing citizen science programs to deliver a suite of protocols that capture many aspects of habitat quality, threats, and monarch use of that habitat. Data gathered through the IMS contribute to existing population and habitat models that inform broad scale monarch conservation!

Sponsors

Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory

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

Wisconsin Odonata Survey

The focus of the WI Odonata Survey is to document populations of dragonflies and damselflies to increase knowledge of distribution and required habitats.

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin Dragonfly Society