Help with Scientific Research
Take part in scientific research. The Citizen Science Center unites community members, teachers, and students with environmental professionals and university researchers.
We train people of all ages and abilities to conduct scientific research. Some projects can be done in your own backyard, while others require traveling to specific locations.
Some of the projects Citizen Scientists are working on include:
Wisconsin Nature Mapping*
Monitor Wisconsin's wildlife such as frogs, toads, salamanders, birds, and mammals.
[ Learn more about the Wisconsin Nature Mapping program. ]
Assist with one of the serveral long-term bird banding efforts being conducted by the Reserve. Banding stations include weekly songbird banding, and MAPS project, and saw-whet owl banding.
[ Learn more about the MAPS program. ]
[ Read the MAPS research results. ]
American Kestrel Research Project
In 2002, a Kestrel Nest Box Monitoring Program began at Beaver Creek Reserve. The nest box monitoring is done from March through July each year.
View research from the Kestrel Project.
Stream Monitoring: Level 1 and Level 2 *
Learn how to monitor streams for temperature, dissolved oxygen, aquatic macroinvertebrates, water clarity, and stream flow and also how to conduct a habitat assessment. Then monitor a stream of your choice once a month from May through September.
[ Learn more about the Stream Monitoring program. ]
Acoustic Bat Monitoring
Learn how to use an AnaBat detector attached to a PDA with GPS to record bat calls. Volunteers checkout the detector and survey a specific area for three days, two hours a day, during three different months of the year.
[ Learn more about the Wisconsin Bat Monitoring program. ]
Help encourage the public to help our songbirds by providing ideal habitat and most importantly, teaching the positive impact that monitoring provides.
[ Learn more about the Bluebird Restoration program. ]
Clean Boats, Clean Waters*
Help with monitoring lakes for the statewide Clean Boats, Clean Waters watercraft inspection program in St. Croix, Dunn, Eau Claire, and Chippewa counties.
[ Learn more about the Clean Boats, Clean Waters program. ]
* Statewide program through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Create Your Own Project
Do you need assistance setting up a research project?
The staff at the Citizen Science Center are always happy to help.
[ Contact us about to see how we can help with your study. ]