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

Volunteer Wildlife Monitoring Workshops

Workshops require a $5 registration fee which pays for training materials, 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 per person, per workshop to: VWMP; Boone Wildlife Research Station; 1436 255th St.; Boone, IA 50036. Deadline for registration is one week prior to workshop date and will be first come, first served. Attendance is 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 16, 2019, 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Oskaloosa, IA, Mahaska County.  Environmental Learning Center at Caldwell Park (east side of Oskaloosa on Hwy 92). Hosted by Mahaska County Conservation.
  • April 13, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Hawarden, IA, Sioux County. Oak Grove Lodge at Oak Grove Park , 4051 Cherry Ave. Hosted by Sioux County Conservation.  NOTE: A Frog and Toad Survey Training will be held in the afternoon on this same day (see below). If you wish to sign up for both workshops, the total registration fee will be $8. 

** 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 2, 2019, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Ottumwa, IA at the Pioneer Ridge Nature Center, 1339 Highway 63, Bloomfield, IA. Hosted by Wapello County Conservation.
  • April 8, 2019, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Dixon, IA at the Wapsi River Environmental Center, 31555 52nd Ave. Hosted by Scott County Conservation.
  • April 9, 2019, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Boone Iowa at the Boone Wildlife Research Station by Ledges State Park, 1436 255th St.
  • April 13, 2019, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Hawarden, IA at the Oak Grove Lodge at Oak Grove Park, 4051 Cherry Ave. Hosted by Sioux County Conservation. NOTE: A Bald Eagle Nest Monitoring Training will be held in the morning on this same day (see above). If you wish to sign up for both workshops, the total registration fee will be $8. 
If you like this program...

Here are some other programs that may interest you:

Volunteer Water monitoring 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!

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.

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)