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Habitat Monitoring

What's going on around here? Habitat monitoring includes a variety of surveys and related activities.

Earth Team Volunteer Program

  • Subject Area: Soil
  • Purpose: To help the USDA get the job done.
  • Data Type Collected: soil type
  • Contact Information:
    Betty Stibbe, WI Volunteer Coordinator
    1850 Bohmann Dr., Ste. F
    Richland Center, WI 53581
    (608) 647-8874 x 101

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Forestry Best Management Practices Monitoring

  • Subject Area: Forests
  • Purpose: To determine the compliance with the best management practices program, properly implement the practices where needed, and to examine the effectiveness of the practices.
  • Data Type Collected: Effect of forestry practices on waterways
  • Affiliation: WDNR
  • Contact Information:
    Carmen Wagner, Forestry Hydrologist
    Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources
    PO Box 7921
    Madison, WI 53707-7921
    Phone: (608) 266-1667

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Great Lakes Worm Watch

  • Project Manager: Cindy Hale
  • Description: We provide tools and resources for citizens to actively contribute to a database documenting the distributions of exotic earthworms across the region/country as well as training and resources for educators to help build understanding of the methods and results of scientific research about exotic earthworms and forest ecosystems ecology.
  • Purpose: Great Lakes Worm Watch is committed to increasing scientific literacy and public understanding of the role of exotic species in ecosystems change and what citizens can do to participate in authentic research and education in their communities.
  • Study Extent: Country-wide
  • Sample Design(s): Complete random; Stratified random; Complete systematic; Random systematic; Opportunistic; Other 1
  • Quality assurance/control procedure(s): Data reviewed, no data collection training; Data reviewed, data collection training
  • Detailed sampling design description: See the 'Research-methods' section of our website for examples of study designs and sampling methods releveant for earthworms, plants and soils.
  • Quality assurance/control description: To ensure quality data, we encourage all participants to send us preserved specimens of the earthworms they collect. See the 'Join the Research Team' section of our website for materials and instructions on how to preserve earthworms.
  • Caveats: Preservation of earthworms requires the use of formalin, a cellular fixative. Careful handling and adult supervision is needed.

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Groundwater Observation Network of Wisconsin

  • Subject Area: Groundwater
  • Purpose: To maintain a water-resource database responsive to the needs of the state and nation.
  • Data Type Collected: water quality
  • Affiliation: Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey
  • Contact Information:
    Jason Smith, Hydrologic Technician
    USGS Wisconsin Water Science Center
    8505 Research Way, Middleton, WI 53562
    Phone: (608) 821-3849

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Horicon National Wildlife Refuge

  • Subject Areas: Rivers/Streams, Birds, Exotics/Invasive Species, Native Vegetation
  • Purpose: To provide data for managers to make decisions on managing the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge and its visitor services.
  • Data Types Collected:
    • Population Status
    • Population Trends
    • Population Health
    • Population Demographics
    • Threats to Populations
    • Habitat Requirements
    • Habitat Conditions and/or Availability
    • Habitat Protection
    • Collectors and users
  • Affiliation: US Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Contact Information:
    Erin Railsback, Visitor Services Manager
    W4279 Headquarters Rd.
    Mayville, WI 53050
    Phone: (920) 387-2658

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Prairie Enthusiasts

  • Subject Areas: Prairies and Oak savanna
  • Purpose: For restoration and management purposes.
  • Data Types Collected:
    • Population Status
    • Population Trends
    • Population Health
    • Population Demographics
    • Threats to Populations
    • Habitat Requirements
    • Habitat Conditions and/or Availability
    • Habitat Protection
  • Volunteer Services:
    • Training sessions for new volunteers
      Conferences
    • Volunteer monitor newsletter
    • Group website
    • Regular meetings throughout the year
    • Email list or list-serve for volunteers
  • Contact Information:
    Victoria Oberle, Membership Coordinator
    P.O. Box 1148
    Madison, WI 53701-1148

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Ridges Sanctuary, Inc.

  • Subject Areas:
    • Birds
    • Insects
    • Exotics/Invasive Species
    • Native Vegetation
    • Rivers/Streams
  • Purpose: To preserve the natural biological integrity of the sanctuary and provide outreach to empower volunteers as stewards of the land.
  • Specialties: Butterflies, Dragonflies, migratory songbirds, Cranes, Streams, Frogs, Bats
  • Data Types Collected:
    • Population Status
    • Population Trends
    • Threats to Populations
    • Distribution and Range
    • Habitat Requirements
    • Habitat Conditions and/or Availability
    • Habitat Protection
  • Volunteer Services:
    • Training sessions for new volunteers
    • Conferences
    • Group website
    • Staff consultation with individual monitors
  • Contact Information:
    Marne Kaeske, Stewardship Coordinator
    PO Box 152
    Baileys Harbor, WI 54202-0152
    Phone: (920) 839-2802

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Riveredge Nature Center

  • Subject Areas:
    • Rivers/Streams
    • Birds
    • Amphibians/Reptiles
    • Native Vegetation
    • Lakes/Ponds/Reservoirs
    • Exotics/Invasive Species
  • Purpose: The objective of these projects is to collect information that will lead to a better understanding of the geography and ecology of native organisms and their habitats. The goal is to provide the tools and knowledge needed to facilitate the development of conservation strategies to insure the survival of these organisms and their habitats.
  • Specialties: Lake Sturgeon Restoration Project, Wisconsin Ephemeral Pond Project, WAV Water Quality Monitoring, Christmas Bird Count, MAPS Banding, Bird-a-thon/Band-a-thon, Breeding Bird Survey, Frog Calling Survey, Butterfly and Dragonfly Count
  • Data Types Collected:
    • Population Status
    • Population Trends
    • Population Demographics
    • Distribution and Range
    • Habitat Requirements
    • Habitat Conditions and/or Availability
    • Habitat Protection
    • GIS mapping/monitoring
    • Physical parameters
    • Chemical parameters
    • Biological parameters
    • Threats to Populations
    • Population Health
  • Volunteer Services:
    • Training sessions for new volunteers
    • Advanced training sessions for experienced monitors
    • Conferences
    • Volunteer monitor newsletter
    • Group website
    • Data analysis and reporting
    • Regular meetings throughout the year
    • Email list or list-serve for volunteers
    • Staff consultation with individual monitors
  • Contact Information:
    Mary Holleback, Adult Programs Coordinator
    4458 W. Hawthorne Dr.
    Newburg, WI 53060
    Phone: (800) 287-8098

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Southeast Wisconsin Ephemeral Ponds Citizen Monitoring Project

  • Subject Areas: Ephemeral Ponds
  • Purpose: The purpose of this volunteer-based project is to train citizens to identify, inventory, and monitor the ecology of ephemeral ponds. Ephemeral ponds are ponds that are present only a portion of the year, drying up later in the summer but available as habitat for a variety of amphibians, macroinvertebrates, and wildlife during spring and early summer. The objective of the project is to collect data that will lead to a better understanding of the location and ecology of Wisconsin's ephemeral pond habitats.
  • Specialty: Wetlands
  • Data Types Collected:
    • Physical parameters
    • Biological parameters
    • GIS mapping/monitoring
    • Habitat Conditions and/or Availability
    • Distribution and Range
  • Affiliation: Riveredge Nature Center
  • Contact Information:
    Mary Holleback, Adult Programs Coordinator
    4458 W. Hawthorne Dr.
    Newburg, WI 53060
    Phone: (800) 287-8098

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