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For information on colonial waterbirds contact:
Sumner Matteson
Avian ecologist
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To help manage Wisconsin's colonial waterbirds, this site was designed to streamline the data submission process for professional wildlife biologists and experienced volunteer cooperators who have conducted or are conducting colonial waterbird surveys during the course of spring and summer outdoor activities. If you are a concerned citizen and would like to contribute to this project, please submit a report to the Wisconsin DNR below. Please complete a separate form for each species surveyed.

Note: The department cannot process your observation unless you provide complete information. Personally identifiable information will be used to process your observation and may also be used for participation in surveys and other secondary purposes. Data submitted via this form may be shared with the Natural Heritage Inventory Program and other partners with the discretion of DNR staff. Information may also be provided to requesters as required under Wisconsin's Open Records Law [ss. 19.31 - 19.39, Wis. Stats.] For questions regarding data or to submit more comprehensive data to the database, please contact Sumner Matteson.

Form 1700-058 (7/05)

Location information
Nearest town
Township #
Range # W E
Section #(s)
Census date
Temperature (F)
Wind speed
Colony name (if known)
Colony habitat
Waterbody name
Area use
Disturbance to area (check all that apply) Human technology
Human habitation
Human recreation
Vehicular use
Scientific investigation
Survey data
Species name
Number of individuals
Number of nests in use
Nesting stage
Typical nest situation
Total # eggs
Total # of young
How many nests did you observe and with how many eggs in it?
Number of eggs: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Number of nests observed:
Census techniques
Other techniques
Photography used? Yes
Additional comments
Observer information
First name
Last name
Email *required
Observer expertise
Expertise comments

Last revised: Thursday, October 19, 2017