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Citizen Science

Driftless Prairies participates in several citizen science projects. some collect specific data and others list sightings. Below are links to data collected at our place:

Kestrel Box Monitoring
Bat Monitoring
Eastern Bluebird Trail

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 is on environmental and ecological issues. We gain a great deal from participating. Not only do we know our observations of our world will be available in perpetuity, we are gaining knowledge and insight into these worlds! Citizen science projects are beneficial for everyone, they stretch the mind, and they have long-term, positive effects on those being studied and those doing the studying!

Below is a list of citizen science projects we are involved with:

American Kestrel Partnership
Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin (BRAW)
BugGuide
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