Volunteer monitors bird watching
Volunteer Wildlife Monitoring Program (VWMP)

The Volunteer Wildlife Monitoring Program (VWMP) is for enthusiastic and sharp-eyed, sharp-eared volunteers who have a passion for wildlife and its conservation. With more than 800 species in our state, the wildlife staff can't possibly keep track of all these critters in every corner of the state. We need volunteers that are willing and interested in collecting data on two important and sensitive groups of wildlife.

More: Volunteer Wildlife Monitor Program Brochure

The Volunteer Wildlife Monitoring Program (VWMP) is for enthusiastic and sharp-eyed, sharp-eared volunteers who have a passion for wildlife and its conservation. With more than 800 species in our state, the wildlife staff can't possibly keep track of all these critters in every corner of the state. 

We need volunteers that are willing and interested in collecting data on a few important and sensitive groups of wildlife: Bald Eagles/Ospreys/Peregrine Falcons, Frogs and Toads, and Bats.

Bird Nest Monitoring
Frog and Toad Call Survey
Acoustic Monitoring Survey for Bats

2016 Volunteer Wildlife Monitoring Workshops

Workshops require a $5 registration fee which pays for training materials, subscription to our monthly newsletter, a frog and toad call CD or bird identification guide, and certification costs. To register, please download and complete the registration form for the desired workshop and return it with the $5 fee to: VWMP; Boone Wildlife Research Station; 1436 255th St.; Boone, IA 50036. Registration for each workshop will be first come, first served and is usually limited to 13-15 people per workshop.

WORKSHOP REGISTRATION FORM


Bird Nest Monitoring Workshops
Anyone interested in being a Bald Eagle Nest Monitor must participate in some training.

  • Done for 2016. More workshops will be held in March 2017!

Frog and Toad Call Survey Workshops
Anyone interested in participating in the Frog and Toad Call Survey must attend a training.

  • There will be no Frog and Toad Survey Workshops held in 2016, though they will be back in 2017!
Volunteer Wildlife Monitoring

The Volunteer Wildlife Monitoring Program is based at the Boone Wildlife Research Station, 1436 255th Street, Boone, IA 50036.

Questions?
515-432-2823 or  vwmp@dnr.iowa.gov

Eagle Nest Monitoring, Video

Watch this training video using the following link or request a hardcopy of the video.

Bald Eagle Nest

This link will take you to the Vimeo site for viewing: 
Bald Eagle Training Video
[20 minutes]

Resources for Current Volunteers

The following are resources for current volunteer wildlife monitors.

VWMP Database


Frog and Toad Survey
Traditional Frog and Toad Survey
(Datasheet)


Bird Nest Monitoring:
Nesting Location Form w/out Map

Bald Eagle Nest - Data Sheet

Nest Monitoring Form
(Raptors and Restored Species)

Bird Nest Monitoring Survey
(Colonial Waterbird: Datasheet)

If you like this program...

Here are some other programs that may interest you:

IOWATER and Project AWARE - Volunteer-based water quality testing and clean up.

Iowa DNR Volunteer Program

We can always use your help and it's great outdoor fun!