Waukesha County

Due to COVID-19, Waukesha County's in-person services may be limited or altered. Click here for hours and updates

Working with our communities to promote environmental stewardship, provide research and educational opportunities, and create healthier natural areas throughout Waukesha County.


Check out our programs and projects

Wetland monitoring, reptile conservation, bird conservation, wildlife nest box monitoring, mammal monitoring, invertebrate monitoring

Habitat restoration workdays, rare plant conservation, photo point monitoring

Bird Conservation Program 

Grab some binoculars and help document breeding and migratory birds using the park system’s vital natural areas during spring, summer, and fall! You can survey for birds with our trained staff or on your own. 

Questions? Contact our Conservation Biologist at parks@waukeshacounty.gov.

Want to learn how to identify Wisconsin’s birds? With over 300 species observed and 70+ eBird hotspots, Waukesha County is just the place to start! Join our staff on a breeding or migratory bird survey to document which bird species are using the park system’s vital natural areas during spring, summer, and fall! Great for beginners looking to build their confidence as birders and experienced birders that want to refine their skills!

What to wear: Dress for the weather and being outdoors! Surveys may occasionally wander off trail into natural areas and tall grass. Close-toed shoes and long pants are recommended.

What to bring: Water, sunscreen, bug spray, binoculars, and a camera for taking pictures! The Parks Department has binoculars to lend out to participants during surveys as well.

UPCOMING PROGRAMS

*Please note that many programs have been canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic 

Breeding Bird Surveys
Program Date Time Location Description Registration
Bird Survey (Beginner) April 8, 2020 CANCELED Menomonee Park Want to learn how to identify Wisconsin’s birds? With over 300 species observed and 70+ eBird hotspots, Waukesha County is just the place to start! Join our staff on a bird survey to document which bird species are using the park system’s vital natural areas during spring, summer, and fall! Great for beginners looking to build their confidence as birders!  --
Bird Survey (Advanced) April 22, 2020 CANCELED Berg Property,  MukwonagoPark With over 300 species observed and 70+ eBird hotspots, Waukesha County is a birders paradise! Join our staff on a bird survey to document which bird species are using the park system’s vital natural areas during spring, summer, and fall! Great for experienced birders that want to refine their skills and contribute valuable towards bird conservation in Wisconsin!  --
Bird Survey (Advanced) May 6, 2020 CANCELED Martin's Woods State Natural Area With over 300 species observed and 70+ eBird hotspots, Waukesha County is a birders paradise! Join our staff on a bird survey to document which bird species are using the park system’s vital natural areas during spring, summer, and fall! Great for experienced birders that want to refine their skills and contribute valuable towards bird conservation in Wisconsin!   --
Stay tuned for updates on programs after May 26, 2020     
Bird Survey (Beginner) May 27, 2020 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Nashotah Park Want to learn how to identify Wisconsin’s birds? With over 300 species observed and 70+ eBird hotspots, Waukesha County is just the place to start! Join our staff on a bird survey to document which bird species are using the park system’s vital natural areas during spring, summer, and fall! Great for beginners looking to build their confidence as birders! Register Online 
Bird Survey (Advanced) June 17, 2020 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Fox River Park With over 300 species observed and 70+ eBird hotspots, Waukesha County is a birders paradise! Join our staff on a bird survey to document which bird species are using the park system’s vital natural areas during spring, summer, and fall! Great for experienced birders that want to refine their skills and contribute valuable towards bird conservation in Wisconsin!  Register Online 
Bird Survey (Beginner) June 25, 2020 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Muskego Park Want to learn how to identify Wisconsin’s birds? With over 300 species observed and 70+ eBird hotspots, Waukesha County is just the place to start! Join our staff on a bird survey to document which bird species are using the park system’s vital natural areas during spring, summer, and fall! Great for beginners looking to build their confidence as birders! Register Online 
Bird Survey (Advanced) July 1, 2020 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Nashotah Park With over 300 species observed and 70+ eBird hotspots, Waukesha County is a birders paradise! Join our staff on a bird survey to document which bird species are using the park system’s vital natural areas during spring, summer, and fall! Great for experienced birders that want to refine their skills and contribute valuable towards bird conservation in Wisconsin!  Register Online