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Sign Up Now for Wildlife Monitoring Workshops 



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Both beginning and experienced wildlife monitors are invited to attend a series of free, upcoming workshops on recording data related to frogs and toads, dragonflies, and butterflies found in Will County forest preserves. Monitoring wildlife allows Will County forest preserve land managers to evaluate long-term trends within a changing landscape. All workshops will be held from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. at Sugar Creek Administration Center in Joliet and are scheduled as follows:

Saturday, February 9: Frog Monitoring Workshop

This workshop will review the calls of the 13 frog and toad species found in Will County, help monitors find survey sites, and discuss the monitoring protocol. While this is a great opportunity for first-time monitors, experienced monitors are also encouraged to attend in order to be aware of any protocol changes, obtain data sheets and share lessons learned from last year. 

Saturday, February 16: Dragonfly Monitoring Workshop

New as well as continuing monitors who would like a refresher on monitoring dragonflies in the forest preserves should register for this workshop. Learn about protocol changes, obtain data sheets, review identification procedures and obtain monitoring routes.

Saturday, March 16: Butterfly Monitoring Workshop

This workshop is being hosted in partnership with the Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network, which engages citizen scientists in the process of collecting quantitative data on butterfly populations.  Participants will learn or review identification tips, data collection and standardized protocols as well as review sites to monitor. 

To register for one or more of these workshops, please email volunteer supervisor Renee Gauchat at rgauchat@fpdwc.org or call 815.722.7364. Drop-ins are welcome, but training materials may not be available for those who do not preregister. Please note that individuals who are new to volunteering with the Forest Preserve District of Will County must complete a volunteer application.

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