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The Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey gets underway in coming weeks, and volunteers are likely to hear more of the booming call of the American bullfrog this summer when its mating season begins.

Wisconsin's largest frog appears to be staging a comeback as well, a trend documented by hundreds of volunteers.

DNR conservationist Andrew Badje coordinates the survey. The survey was created in 1984 as a way for volunteers to help the staff-limited DNR get more research data....

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Many people in the Northwoods volunteer for a variety of natural resources citizen-science programs.

A meeting next month in Eau Claire is designed to talk about their work, stewardship and educational efforts and volunteers are welcomed.

The Wisconsin Summit for Natural Resources Volunteers is a three-day event. Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program Director Becky Sapper says the event is for volunteers across the state...

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The effort is to get more people working on environmental projects to get the best results.

A program highlighting citizen science is set for December in St. Germain.

Stephanie Boismenue is Oneida county's invasive species coordinator. She describes citizen science....

"..citizen science is a term used when volunteers, or networks of volunteers, help scientists accomplish real research. The use of citizen-scientist networks often allows scientists to accomplish research objectives more feasibly than would otherwise be possible...."

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A new study on lake clarity across eight Midwestern states relies solely on data from citizen scientists.

WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with Noah Lottig, a research scientist based at the UW Madison Trout Lake Station, about the study’s significance.

The records dated back to the late 1930s and spanned eight Midwestern states.  The trend across more than three thousand lakes was a slight increase in water clarity.  And in Wisconsin and Minnesota, that trend was stronger in the northern regions.

DNR: Calling All Wolf Trackers

Nov 6, 2013
Paul White

DNR officials are asking for volunteers to help with the state’s winter wolf count.  

  DNR Carnivore Biologist Jane Wiedenhoeft says those numbers go into determining the state’s wolf hunting quota. 

“It’s extremely important to us.  It’s not our only source of data for the winter count, but it is a major source of data.”

Wolves are the main counting target, but trackers will also note signs of other carnivores. 

At least two days of training required to get familiar with different animal tracks and the basics of wolf ecology.