Welcome to the Wisconsin First Detector Network!

The Wisconsin First Detector Network (WIFDN) is a citizen science network that empowers people to take action against invasive species through invasive species monitoring, management, and outreach. WIFDN provides training and resources through a combination of webinars, instructional videos, and hands-on workshops, in addition to providing volunteer opportunities to citizen scientists.


Virtual Office Hours with the Renz Weed Science Lab

WIFDN and the Renz Weed Science Lab hosted Virtual Office Hours for 8 weeks this May and June. Head to the Virtual Office Hours website to see topics and related content. If you were able to join us for any of the Virtual Office Hours, please take a few minutes to share your feedback in our short survey.

Spring 2020 Citizen Science Workshops

In Spring 2020, WIFDN is teaming up with three regional groups to host ONLINE invasive species citizen science workshops for volunteers, land owners, and land managers. Attendees will learn how to identify priority invasive plants in their regions of Wisconsin, as well as how to monitor for and map those species using the Great Lakes Early Detection Network app. Our local partners will share how you can help their efforts by mapping priority species and monitoring in priority areas. The good news is that looking for and mapping invasive species is an easy outdoor activity to do while adhering to social distancing guidelines! We hope you can join us for one of the webinars! Advanced registration required; click on the “register” link below to join your preferred webinar. Can’t join us for a live webinar? We’ll record each webinar and post the recordings here on the WIFDN website so you can view them at your leisure! Questions? Contact us at WIFDNcoordinator@gmail.com

Webinar with Upper Sugar River Watershed Association
Covering some of the priority species and locations of south central and southwestern Wisconsin
View the webinar recording here

Webinar with Timberland Invasives Partnership
Covering some of the priority species and locations of northeastern Wisconsin
View the webinar recording here

Webinar with St. Croix-Red Cedar Cooperative Weed Management Area
Covering some of the priority species and locations of northwestern Wisconsin
View the webinar recording here


Upcoming Events

Renz Weed Science Lab Virtual Office Hours Fridays, noon – 1 pm May 8th into summer

Learn more about WIFDN

Invasive species are considered to be the number two threat to biodiversity, second only to habitat loss. The effects of invasive species are increasingly evident on Wisconsin’s landscape. Despite efforts by federal and state agencies, non-native insects, plants and diseases continue to establish and spread throughout our state, impacting our economy and environment. While some of these pests are here to stay, many others have not yet been found in Wisconsin, and still more are found at low enough levels that eradication may be possible. Efforts to prevent new introductions and to identify new infestations before they become well established are the best way to ensure the survival of many of Wisconsin’s iconic plants, animals, and ecosystems.

By joining Wisconsin First Detector Network, you will have access to online training resources brought to you by invasive species experts from across the state. Training topics include terrestrial and aquatic invasive species biology, identification, and reporting. We emphasize species of concern to Wisconsin (e.g. emerald ash borer, late blight, giant hogweed), but we also discuss general resources for other species. We invite participants who are already doing invasive species volunteer work in Wisconsin, as well as people who are looking for new volunteer opportunities. Consider becoming a First Detector and help improve our network and minimize the impact and spread of invasive species in Wisconsin!

For more information
Anne Pearce, WIFDN Coordinator
1575 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706