Introduction to Citizen-based Monitoring Projects that Mind Our Waters
The Wisconsin Citizen-based Monitoring Network is a collaboration of over 180 projects and organizations that monitor natural resources in Wisconsin. Partners monitor species and habitats in order to better understand and protect our natural resources. Find out about the network, its history, and the resources it offers to projects, organizations, and volunteers. Learn about volunteer opportunities monitoring bats, birds, frogs, turtles, mussels, and more!
Eva Lewandowski, Conservation Biologist, WI Department of Natural Resources, and others TBA
Wisconsin's Lake Sturgeon
Lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) first appeared when dinosaurs roamed the earth, and they retain many of their primitive characteristics. In recent history, commercial fishermen first considered them a nuisance, slaughtered them, and tossed them on shore to rot. Later, they saw sturgeon as valuable for their flesh and eggs and harvested them by the ton. Today, the Winnebago sturgeon population is the world’s largest and most intensely managed and studied. An all-volunteer Sturgeon Guard plays a key role in protecting this ancient species. Learn fun facts about this unique fish and how you can help ensure its future.
Barbara Helmick, Sturgeon Guard Coordinator, WI Department of Natural Resources