DNR events have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Safety of our users, attendees, partners and staff is most important. When possible, events will be rescheduled and that information will be distributed accordingly. Please check this site frequently for the latest closures, postponements and updates.
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.

  • There will be no in person Bald Eagle Nest trainings in 2020 but if you are interested in getting involved please contact the VWMP Coordinator to learn more about the online 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.

ALL 2020 FROG AND TOAD CALL SURVEY WORKSHOPS HAVE BEEN CANCELED as of 3/18/2020. Contact vwmp@dnr.iowa.gov with questions.

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

[20 Minutes]
Ravenswood Media


Resources for Current Volunteers

The following are resources for current volunteer wildlife monitors.

VWMP Online Database Link

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)