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.


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

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 PROGRAMS

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

Program Date Time Location Description Registration
Dragonfly & Damselfly Survey June 11, 2020 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Mukwonago Park Join our staff and experts from the Wisconsin Dragonfly Society to survey for dragonflies and damselflies! Recommended age 13+.  Register Online
Annual Butterfly Count June 20, 2020 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Retzer Nature Center Join us at Retzer Nature Center for our 4th annual butterfly count! The morning will start indoors with a brief presentation where we will learn about the ecology of our essential pollinators and how to help monitor their populations. The remainder of the program will be spent out in the field identifying and counting butterflies in the natural areas. Register Online
Dragonfly & Damselfly Monitoring Workshop June 20, 2020 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Retzer Nature Center The afternoon will start with a brief presentation indoors followed by an excursion into the natural areas at Retzer Nature Center to practice dragonfly and damselfly identification. This program is hands on and great for beginners that are looking to learn the basics about dragon and damselfly identification and ecology! Recommended for ages 13+. Register Online
Bumble Bee Survey June 24, 2020 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Muskego Park Join our staff and experienced invertebrate enthusiasts to learn more about these essential pollinators and flying insects! Recommended for ages 13+ Register Online
Dragonfly & Damselfly Survey June 24, 2020 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Muskego Park Join our staff and experts from the Wisconsin Dragonfly Society to survey for dragonflies and damselflies! Recommended age 13+. Register Online
Dragonfly & Damselfly Survey July 1, 2020 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Nashotah Park Join our staff and experts from the Wisconsin Dragonfly Society to survey for dragonflies and damselflies! Recommended age 13+. Register Online
Asian Clam Monitoring July 7, 2020 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Pewaukee River

Come prepared to get into the Pewaukee River to look for the invasive Asian Clam. Wear water shoes or old tennis shoes that can get wet and clothes that can also get wet. We will be checking several transects along the river looking for the presence of the Asian Clam. Pewaukee River - meet at Steinhafels parking lot (junction of I94 and HWY F). Recommended age 10+.

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Dragonfly & Damselfly Survey July 8, 2020 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Fox River Park Join our staff and experts from the Wisconsin Dragonfly Society to survey for dragonflies and damselflies! Recommended age 13+. Register Online
Dragonfly & Damselfly Survey July 15, 2020 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Mukwonago Park Join our staff and experts from the Wisconsin Dragonfly Society to survey for dragonflies and damselflies! Recommended age 13+. Register Online
Bumble Bee Monitoring Workshop July 25, 2020 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Retzer Nature Center

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+.

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Bumble Bee Survey July 30, 2020 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Retzer Nature Center Join our staff and experienced invertebrate enthusiasts to learn more about these essential pollinators and flying insects!Recommended for ages 13+ Register Online
Dragonfly & Damselfly Survey July 30, 2020 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Retzer Nature Center Join our staff and experts from the Wisconsin Dragonfly Society to survey for dragonflies and damselflies! Recommended age 13+. Register Online