Waukesha County

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


Invertebrate Monitoring Program

Butterflies, dragonflies, damselflies, bumble bees, and moths. Join our staff and experienced invertebrate enthusiasts to learn more about these essential pollinators and flying insects! 

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

UPCOMING INVERTEBRATE CITIZEN SCIENCE PROGRAMS
Program (See below for program description) Date Time Location Registration
Bumble Bee Survey May 17, 2022 3 - 4 PM Fox River Park --
Bumble Bee Survey May 25, 2022 3 - 4 PM Retzer Nature Center --
Dragonfly & Damselfly Survey (ADULT ONLY) June 1, 2022 1 - 3 PM Berg Property --
RESCHEDULED to June 21
- Freshwater Mussel Monitoring Training
June 6, 2022 4 - 6 PM Mukwonago Park --
Dragonfly & Damselfly Survey June 15, 2022 2 - 3 PM Retzer Nature Center --
Bumble Bee Survey June 15, 2022 3 - 4 PM Retzer Nature Center --
Freshwater Mussel Monitoring Training (Rescheduled) June 21, 2022 4 - 6 PM Mukwonago Park --
Bumble Bee Survey June 22, 2022 3:30 - 4:30 PM Mukwonago Park --
Dragonfly & Damselfly Survey (ADULT ONLY) June 22, 2022 2 - 3:30 PM Mukwonago Park --
Dragonfly & Damselfly Survey (ADULT ONLY) June 30, 2022 2 - 3 PM Minooka Park --
Dragonfly & Damselfly Survey July 6, 2022 1 - 3 PM Muskego Park --
Bumble Bee Survey July 6, 2022 3 - 4 PM Muskego Park --
Dragonfly & Damselfly Survey July 13, 2022 2 - 3 PM Menomonee Park -- 
Dragonfly & Damselfly Survey July 13, 2022 12:30 - 1:30 PM Fox Brook Park --
Bumble Bee Survey July 13, 2022 2 - 3 PM Retzer Nature Center --
Bumble Bee Survey July 27, 2022 3 - 4 PM Mukwonago Park --
Dragonfly & Damselfly Survey (ADULT ONLY) July 27, 2022 1 - 3 PM Mukwonago Park --
CANCELED - Dragonfly & Damselfly Survey August 3, 2022 1 - 3 PM School Section Lake  --
Asian Clam Survey August 4, 2022 1 - 3 PM Oconomowoc River (1050 Concord Rd, Oconomowoc) --
Dragonfly & Damselfly Survey (ADULT ONLY) August 10, 2022 1 - 3 PM Nashotah Park --
Bumble Bee Survey August 10, 2022 2 - 3 PM Retzer Nature Center --
Dragonfly & Damselfly Survey August 17, 2022 1 - 2 PM Minooka Park Register here
Bumble Bee Survey August 17, 2022 2 - 3 PM Minooka Park Register here
Wisconsin Snapshot Day (for aquatic invasive species) August 20, 2022
(Volunteer training: August 12 from 12-1pm online over Zoom.)
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM Hartland's Nixon Park (175 E Park Ave, Hartland) Learn More & Register by Aug. 12
Dragonfly & Damselfly Survey August 24, 2022 1 - 2 PM Muskego Park Register here
Bumble Bee Survey August 24, 2022 2 - 3 PM Muskego Park Register here

Bumble Bee Survey Program Description: Did you know that Wisconsin is home to 20 different species of bumble bee? Learn the basics of bumble bee identification, ecology, and how you can help monitor their populations! Recommended age 13+.

Dragonfly & Damselfly Survey Program Description: Join our staff and experts from the Wisconsin Dragonfly Society to survey for dragonflies and damselflies! Recommended age 13+. 

Dragonfly & Damselfly Survey (ADULT ONLY) Program Description: For ages 18+ only. Join our staff and experts from the Wisconsin Dragonfly Society to survey for dragonflies and damselflies!

Asian Clam Survey: Come help County staff survey a section of the Oconomowoc River for the invasive Asian Clam. Training on identification will be provided so come lend a hand and have some fun while you help out! Bring water shoes or other shoes that can get wet and sunscreen. Dress to be in the water. Recommended age 13+.

Freshwater Mussel Monitoring Training Description: Did you know that over half of Wisconsin's 52 native mussel species (also known as clams) are listed as species of greatest conservation need? Threats like habitat alteration (dams, siltation) and the presence of invasive mussels (zebra mussels) pose major threats to the existence of our native mussels. Join Waukesha County Parks and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource’s Mussel Biologists at Mukwonago County Park in the Mukwonago River watershed to learn more about our native mussels and how you can help survey for mussels that occur Waukesha County’s waterways! At this training, you will learn about mussels’ critical importance to our waterways, their unique lifecycle, and what characteristics to use to help identify them. Participants will learn how to identify and make observations using the iNaturalist app, which uploads data directly to the WDNR’s Wisconsin Mussel Monitoring Program. Data collected from this project will help us better understand the population health of this threatened group of species. Recommended age 13+. Questions? Contact our Conservation Biologist at parks@waukeshacounty.gov.