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Madison group, volunteers from Richland Center, La Farge, Blanchardville win awards for outstanding efforts to enhance Wisconsin's natural resources

Published by Central Office April 10, 2018

Contact(s): Eva Lewandowski, DNR conservation biologist, 608-264-6057

MADISON - A Richland Center birder who has counted cranes for 35 years, a longtime Lafayette County volunteer aiding bats, birds and plants, a Madison area organization dedicated to clean lakes and a La Farge High School student promoting bat conservation have received Wisconsin Citizen-based Monitoring Awards for their outstanding efforts in volunteer monitoring of Wisconsin's natural resources.

"This year's award winners represent the very best of citizen-based monitoring in the state," said Eva Lewandowski, a conservation biologist who coordinates citizen-based monitoring efforts for the Department of Natural Resources' Natural Heritage Conservation Program. "We're recognizing people who not only are volunteering their time to monitor the state's natural resources, but are going even further to coordinate projects, share results, and encourage others to volunteer."

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The three individuals and one organization received their awards during the Wisconsin Summit for Natural Resources Volunteers, held in Eau Claire March 22-24 and co-hosted by DNR and University of Wisconsin-Extension.

More than 12,000 Wisconsin volunteers searched for rare plants, identified frogs, bats, birds and other species, and cut, dragged and burned invasive plants in 2017 to help care for the natural resources they love. To find out more about volunteer monitoring opportunities in 2018, visit and search keywords "citizen-based monitoring."

Last Revised: Tuesday, April 10, 2018

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