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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 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.

  • March 4, 2017 – Kossuth County  TIME: 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm, LOCATION: Water's Edge Nature Center, Algona, IA

**There will be an informational program about the VWMP and Bald Eagles at Buchanan County's Fontana Nature Center near Hazleton, IA on March 11th from 10 am-12:30.  (This program does not require pre-registration nor a fee but also will not qualify a volunteer to be a nest monitor.  Participants who are interested in becoming a volunteer will have to complete online training - see below.)

** Online training is also available for people interested in becoming Bald Eagle nest monitors but who cannot attend a training.  To learn more about this process click on the "Bird Nest Monitoring" blue bar above to pull down additional information. 

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

  • April 4th, 2017 - Marion County [NOTE: LIMIT 10 PEOPLE] TIME: 6:30 to 9:30 pm, LOCATION: Cordova Park near Otley, IA
  • April 6th, 2017 - Johnson County TIME: 6:30 to 9:30 pm, LOCATION: Conservation Education Center @ Kent Park, Oxford, IA
  • April 11th, 2017 - Dickinson County TIME: 6:30 to 9:30 pm, LOCATION: Dickinson County Nature Center, Okoboji, IA
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...

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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!