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
Breeding Bird Surveys
Program Date Time Location Description Registration
CANCELLED
Bird Survey - Beginner
October 2, 2019 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Fox River Park

Ages 5+

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 who want to refine their skills! 

Register by 10/1/2019

Bird Survey - Advanced October 9, 2019 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Minooka Park

Ages 15+

Join us for a more thorough bird survey. Prior birding experience a plus, as we’ll delve into more than species identifications. Great for experienced birders who want to expand their skills alongside a group of fellow birding aficionados. 

Register by 10/8/2019

Bird Survey - Beginner October 17, 2019 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Nashotah Park

Ages 5+

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 who want to refine their skills! 

Register by 10/16/2019

Bird Survey - Advanced October 23, 2019 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Naga-Waukee Park

Ages 15+

Join us for a more thorough bird survey. Prior birding experience a plus, as we’ll delve into more than species identifications. Great for experienced birders who want to expand their skills alongside a group of fellow birding aficionados. 

Register by 10/22/2019

Wild In Waukesha: General Information Session January 16, 2020 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Retzer Nature Center

Join Waukesha County Parks and Land Use for our county-wide Citizen Science Program! Our conservation biologist will discuss how you can help study and protect rare plant and wildlife populations through Citizen Science in Waukesha County. Citizen Scientists will be trained to help monitor wetlands, birds, small mammals, amphibians, reptiles, butterflies, and more! No prior experience necessary.

Register by January 15, 2020