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Winners of the Outstanding Achievement in Citizen-based Monitoring Awards

  • ##Ansel Brenneman of La Farge received the Outstanding Achievement in Youth Citizen-based Monitoring Award, presented in late March at the Wisconsin Summit for Natural Resources Volunteers in Eau Claire. Ansel, a student at Laurel High School in Viroqua, champions bat monitoring by volunteering and giving public talks to get others involved. He started bat monitoring in 2016 as part of an 8th grade school project. Since then, he’s volunteered to count bats at their roosts and to monitor them with acoustic detectors, and he helped DNR staff capture and band bats. Did you know that you can get involved with bat monitoring projects too? Get started.

  • ##Barbara Duerksen of Richland Center has received the Outstanding Achievement in Citizen-based Monitoring Award, presented in late March at the Wisconsin Summit for Natural Resources Volunteers in Eau Claire. She has coordinated the Annual Midwest Crane Count for 35 years for Richland County, conducted bird surveys for the Breeding Bird Survey for 33 years and has served on the Board of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology. She now serves as the Richland County coordinator for the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas, a project documenting the distribution and abundance of all the bird species that nest in the state. See how you can get involved with the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas.

  • ##Jim Hess of Blanchardville received the Outstanding Achievement in Citizen-based Monitoring Award, presented in late March at the Wisconsin Summit for Natural Resources Volunteers in Eau Claire. Jim has been volunteering with citizen-based monitoring in Lafayette County for almost two decades. As a volunteer, Jim counts bats at their summer roost sites, monitors and manages bluebird and kestrel nest boxes, and surveys for rare plants. He also regularly shares his volunteer experiences with others and introduces them to citizen-based monitoring. Find out how you can get involved as a volunteer.

  • ##The Clean Lakes Alliance, a Madison area nonprofit, received the Citizen-based Monitoring Program of the Year Award, presented in late March at the Wisconsin Summit for Natural Resources Volunteers in Eau Claire. The Clean Lakes Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to improving and maintaining water quality in the Yahara River Watershed in greater Madison, was honored for its Yahara Lakes Monitoring Program, which involves 70 volunteers who collect information on water temperature, chemistry, clarity, and other aspects of water quality. Most of their work takes place at nearshore monitoring sites, the parts of lakes most often used by the public for swimming, fishing, and paddling. Information gathered by the volunteers is made publicly available.

  • ##April is National Volunteer Month and April 14 is Citizen Science Day, and Wisconsin is fortunate to have thousands of volunteers caring for our natural resources. Three individuals and one group received recognition at the Wisconsin Summit for Natural Resources Volunteers late last month in Eau Claire for their outstanding volunteer work. Winners of Outstanding Achievement in Citizen-based Monitoring Award are, left to right: Barbara Duerksen of Richland Center; Jim Hess of Blanchardville; Eva Lewandowski, DNR Citizen-based monitoring coordinator; and Ansel Brenneman of La Farge. The Clean Lakes Alliance, a Madison group, received the Citizen-based Monitoring Program of the Year Award, which was accepted by Katie Nicholas, the group’s watershed coordinator.

Last Revised: Tuesday April 10 2018