USRWA Receives Wisconsin Citizen-Based Monitoring Grant

Upper Sugar River Watershed Association was recently the recipient of a Wisconsin Citizen-Based Monitoring grant to monitor dragonflies in the watershed and create internet-based content to help future citizen-scientists interpret the data they collect.

USRWA Executive Director Wade Moder and Board Member Robert Bohanan will be managing the grant activities. Bohanan, a scientist and educator at UW-Madison, has spent the entirety of his professional career doing research and outreach on dragonflies, lakes, ponds, streams and rivers. Over the past ten years, Bohanan has been active in citizen-science opportunities and providing an outlet for the high-quality data collected by volunteers.

Beginning in 2017, USRWA will be looking for volunteers to help collect dragonfly data around the watershed on a monthly basis. It only requires about an hour per month, and is a great activity to do with children. If you’re interested in learning more, please email usrwa@usrwa.org or call 608-437-7707.

Project Timeline:
Oct-Dec 2016: Materials development and training session organization
Jan-March 2017: Participant recruitment/volunteer training
April-Sept 2017: Monitoring and data collection

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