Citizen Based Monitoring
Volunteers are an integral part of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources approach to monitoring hundreds of species and habitats in forests, grasslands, wetlands, lakes, rivers and streams throughout the state. This public involvement, called citizen-based monitoring, leads to high-quality scientific data, offers rewarding and educational outdoor opportunities for volunteers and promotes information sharing and collaborations between members of the public and the DNR. Working together, we can better inform natural resource management and conservation.
Citizen-based monitoring projects are active in every county in the state, with volunteer opportunities available for everyone, regardless of initial skill level, science or nature experience or time availability. No matter who you are or where you are in Wisconsin, you can contribute to the management of our precious aquatic and terrestrial natural resources.
DNR and partner projects
- Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II
- Wisconsin eBird Portal
- Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey
- Wisconsin Turtle Conservation Program
- Deer hunter wildlife survey
- Operation Deer Watch
- Snapshot Wisconsin
- Southwest Wisconsin Deer and Predator Study
- Volunteer carnivore tracking
- Wisconsin Bat Monitoring Program
- Wisconsin Odonata Survey (dragonflies and damselflies)
- Wisconsin Mussel Monitoring Program
- Wisconsin Bumble Bee Brigade
- Karner Blue Volunteer Monitoring Program
- Invasive species
Wisconsin Citizen-based Monitoring Network
The Wisconsin DNR is a proud partner in the Wisconsin Citizen-based Monitoring Network, a collaboration of monitoring projects and organizations. The network offers communications, resources and recognition to improve the effectiveness of monitoring efforts throughout the state. To learn more about the Wisconsin Citizen-based Monitoring Network, its partners and the resources it offers, visit the Citizen-based Monitoring Network website .