Citizen Science Opportunities
Milwaukee County Parks places a high value on ephemeral wetlands within natural areas, as they serve as crucial habitat for various species of amphibians, reptiles, and invertebrates. These wetlands and the organisms that inhabit them, particularly amphibians, are highly sensitive to environmental change and/or degradation. The threat of degradation is high in urban natural areas if sites are not properly managed, therefore, knowing the location of ephemeral wetlands and the potential they may have for sustaining sensitive and rare amphibian and invertebrate (crayfish) populations is critical.
Since 2009, Natural Areas Staff and volunteers have verified the presence of approximately 400 ephemeral wetlands within select portions of the Park System. The next step towards planning and prioritizing the management of these sensitive areas is monitoring to determine the presence and distribution of amphibian, and invertebrate (crayfish) species utilizing both ephemeral wetlands and other wetland complexes within the Park System (i.e. marshes). When unique wildlife populations are documented, such as blue-spotted salamanders, wood frogs, and/or primary burrowing crayfish, the sites in which they are encountered become a priority for habitat restoration and management for those species.
2017 Wetland Monitoring Citizen-Science Program
Assist Milwaukee County Parks Natural Areas Program by gather essential data on the unique and sensitive wildlife populations in our wetlands. We need volunteers to visit assigned locations multiple times throughout the spring.
- Read more about the Wetland Monitoring Citizen-Science Program (pdf)
- Read the Volunteer Position Description (pdf)