Western Great Lakes Bird & Bat Observatory

Headquarters at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve

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Volunteer Opportunities

Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory

If you are interested in, or would like information about any of the following opportunities, please write to

  1. Raptor Watch observers - Become part of a rotating team of observers, tallying raptors at our watch platform at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve, during the fall migration in September, October, and November. If you are a skilled observer already, you only need a datasheet and to choose a time and dates when you are available. If you are interested but need experience and training, please contact us to begin - we will provide training and arrange a schedule with you.
  2. Bat surveys – Learn how to use the ANABAT acoustic monitoring technology, to do nocturnal walking surveys at a number of locations. Please contact us to arrange training and a schedule.
  3. Point count surveys - The Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory has conducted a series of avian point count surveys since late 2009. We want to expand those surveys, and would appreciate some volunteer assistance. Similar to the new point counts done for the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II (4,000 point counts were conducted across WI this summer - in addition to regular atlasing), we intend this to be a rigorous program of monitoring, and we ask volunteers to be certified via the Wisconsin Birder's Certification process: http://www.birdercertification.org/  If you are interested and would like more information, please contact us at the address give above. These surveys will take place during both fall and spring migration seasons.