Driftless Prairies participates in several citizen science projects. Most of our projects are reporting sightings of birds, insects, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and plants. These are important because they add data to the pool. This data is used to understand animal movement, trends or patterns within a community, and to monitor populations. Our focus has been solely on environmental and ecological issues. We gain a great deal from participating. Not only do we know that our observations of our world will be available in perpetuity, we are gaining a tremendous amount of knowledge and insight into these worlds! Citizen science projects are beneficial for everyone and everything involved, they stretch the mind, and they have long-term, positive effects on those being studied and those doing the studying!
Jim and I are involved in a number of citizen science projects. Some of these are regular scheduled monitoring and others are for listing sightings.
American Kestrel Partnership
Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin (BRAW)
Bumble Bee Watch
Christmas Bird Count — we have our own route with the Monroe Circle
Lafayette County Bluebird Society
Monarch Joint Venture
Wisconsin Bat Program
Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey
Wisconsin Ornithological Society – have reported rare bird sightings