Citizen Science Projects

To add a regional citizen science project to our collection, fill out the Project Addition Form.

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.

Details

Project Area:
Topics: ,

Sponsors

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

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.

Details

Project Area:
Topics: ,

Sponsors

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

Superior Citizen Stream Monitoring Program

The Superior Citizen Stream Monitoring Program (SCSMP) is a City of Superior program, developed in collaboration with the WI DNR and WI Extension’s Water Action Volunteer program. The SCSMP program combines the first-hand knowledge and interest of citizens with the technical expertise of local water resource specialists. Individual citizens, families, environmental groups, students and other volunteer organizations who want to learn about and improve the quality of local streams are encouraged to participate! All volunteers will receive the equipment, expert training, and oversight necessary to successfully sample the stream. We ask that volunteers commit to sampling once a month for a minimum of one season (approximately April-Oct.). Program Goals: Familiarity with City of Superior Streams/Watersheds Understanding of water quality parameters and impact on aquatic ecosystems Awareness of how land use affects water quality, especially as related to stormwater runoff and non-point discharges Understanding of stormwater infrastructure and relationship to local streams and Lake Superior Increased engagement and participation on City of Superior activities Changes in property management to prevent stormwater pollution

Details

Project Area:
Topics: ,

Sponsors

City of Superior Stormwater Utility

Wisconsin Bat Program

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

Details

Project Area:
Topics:

Sponsors

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.

Details

Project Area:
Topics:

Sponsors

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