Thursday, 11 April 2019

Got Purple Loosestrife?

Collect purple loosestrife plants in the spring and introduce beetles in a contained netted environment. Because these beetles feed on the netted plants, they multiply before release throughout the summer.

Plant the loosestrife with their beetles into your wetland, stream or lake that is surrounded by unaffected loosestrife plants. The beetles then spread to surrounding plants reducing their vigor and reproduction. As you establish beetle populations; they can prevent the spread of purple loosestrife across your property and beyond.

You can help with this process in a few ways:

  • Learn to identify Purple Loosestrife and look for PL already affected by beetles
  • Report when you find a population of loosestrife.
  • Attend the Purple Loosestrife Biocontrol Training at Beaver Creek Reserve’s Citizen Science Center on Tuesday, April 16th, from 6-7pm. No sign up necessary!


March 2017

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Make Frog and Toad History

picture of gray green frog on a purple cone flower.

Volunteers will get to know Gray tree frogs (and many other frog and toad species) well through the Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey. Photo Credit: J. Rowe

Be part of the longest running citizen science amphibian calling survey in North America. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is looking for volunteers to lend their ears for the Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey.

The survey was initiated in 1981 as a response to known and suspected declines in the 1960s and 1970s in numerous Wisconsin frog species. The project’s goals are to determine the status, distribution, and long-term trends of Wisconsin’s twelve frog and toad species.

Since 1984, volunteers have contributed over 8,300 survey nights and 83,000 site visits. During this time, citizen scientists have helped DNR conservation biologists define the distribution and population trends of all 12 frog and toad species in the state.

Volunteers sign up to take one of the available Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey routes. Just look for one of the green marked routes at the Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey’s website. If the route you want is not available you may ask to be placed on a waiting list for future years as requested routes or counties become available.

If you are interested in volunteering contact the department’s Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey Coordinator for further information.