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.


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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! Click the “Join the Webinar Here” link for your preferred date/location. 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
Friday, April 17th, 1:30 – 3 pm, Join the Webinar Here!

Webinar with Timberland Invasives Partnership
Covering some of the priority species and locations of northeastern Wisconsin
Friday, April 24th, 2:30 – 4 pm, Join the Webinar Here!

Workshop with St. Croix-Red Cedar Cooperative Weed Management Area
Covering some of the priority species and locations of northwestern Wisconsin
Friday, May 1st, 10  – 11:30 am, Join the Webinar Here!

Invasive Plant Field Day

On May 15th, WIFDN planned to co-host a volunteer Invasive Plant Field Day with DNR’s State Natural Areas program. Due to COVID-19, we are no longer able to host an in-person field day, but we are working on delivering the training online. Stay tuned for details and feel free to contact us (WIFDNcoordinator@gmail.com) if you want to make sure to be on our email list when we announce our alternate plans!

 

72 Counties, 10 Reports Each

In 2019, WIFDN set a monitoring goal to get at least 10 invasive species reports from each of Wisconsin’s 72 counties. We tracked our progress in the interactive map (click on the picture below to visit the map!). We received over 3,000 reports in 2019 from 64 counties, 33 of which reached the 10+ report goal!

map of WI counties


Upcoming Events

Our spring in-person events are being rescheduled as online learning opportunities.

Webinar with Upper Sugar River Watershed Association
Covering some of the priority species and locations of south central and southwestern Wisconsin
Friday, April 17th, 1:30 – 3 pm, Join the Webinar Here!

Webinar with Timberland Invasives Partnership
Covering some of the priority species and locations of northeastern Wisconsin
Friday, April 24th, 2:30 – 4 pm, Join the Webinar Here!

Workshop with St. Croix-Red Cedar Cooperative Weed Management Area
Covering some of the priority species and locations of northwestern Wisconsin
Friday, May 1st, 10  – 11:30 am, Join the Webinar Here!

 


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
WIFDNcoordinator@gmail.com
608-262-9570

1575 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706