Citizen science, or Citizen-based Monitoring, allows people to become more involved scientific research by helping out researchers and scientists accomplish goals in a timely manner. These citizen science opportunities also help promote awareness of a particular problem to encourage community engagement.
Water Action Volunteer (WAV)
Pringle is a Watershed Education Resource Center for the Water Action Volunteer network, which means we are one of many locations across the state that have monitoring equipment available for loan. WAV is a statewide program for Wisconsin citizens who want to learn about and improve the quality of Wisconsin's streams and rivers. The program is coordinated through a partnership between the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the University of Wisconsin – Cooperative Extension. To become a monitor, please contact Kris Stepenuck at 608-265-3887.
Christmas Bird Count (CBC)
Every year from December 14th to January 5th, the National Audubon Society holds a count that is the longest running Citizen Science survey in the world, the Christmas Bird Count provides critical data on population trends. The Kenosha County CBC is held in conjuncture with the winter solstice. Novice or expert, we'll take all those who want to help. You can watch your feeders or go out into the field. We will make every attempt to pair novice's with veteran birders.
Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC)
Every February is the Great Backyard Bird Count which is now a worldwide event. The weekend before the GBBC, Pringle hosts a workshop where participants make their own bird feeder, learn how to participate in the count, and learn basic bird identification.