Waukesha County

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
Spring Bird Surveys
Date Location Time Register
Wed., May 1, 2019  Naga-Waukee Park 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. Register by noon on Tues., April 30
Wed., May 8, 2019 
Brew City Birding Festival
Muskego Park 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. Registration required for this special event
Wed., May 22, 2019  Berg Property 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. Register by noon on Tues., May 21
Wed., May 29, 2019  Minooka Park 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. Register by noon on Tues., May 28
Breeding Bird Surveys
Wed., June 12, 2019 Mukwonago Park 7 a.m. - 10 a.m. Register by noon on Tues., June 11
Wed., June 26, 2019  Nashotah Park 7 a.m. - 10 a.m. Register by noon on Tues., June 25
Wed., July 3, 2019  Menomonee Park 7 a.m. - 10 a.m. Register by noon on Tues., July 2
Wed., July 10, 2019  Retzer Nature Center 7 a.m. - 10 a.m. Register by noon on Tues., July 9
Wed., July 24, 2019  Fox Bend Park 7 a.m. - 10 a.m. Register by noon on Tues., July 23
Wed., July 31, 2019  Fox Brook Park 7 a.m. - 10 a.m. Register by noon on Tues., July 30