The Center has a passionate cadre of birders who visit year round to both enjoy the cycles of birds that visit, and help with data input about their behaviors. This group of dedicated nature lovers helps us obtain information about migratory cycles, species’ populations, and the impact climate change is having on birds. Anyone is free to visit while we’re open and enter bird sightings during their visit.


Upcoming Citizen Science Opportunities

Bluebird Monitoring
The purpose and mission of the Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin is to monitor and increase the population of Eastern Bluebirds and other native cavity-nesting birds through a coordinated statewide nest box construction and monitoring program. Learn how to document their nesting behavior at the Center’s several nest boxes throughout the grounds. Contact Corinne Palmer for more information. 
Free with membership or admission. 

Mark the Schlitz Audubon Chart
We have a bird chart inside the Great Hall. Visitors are welcome to catalog their sightings on the chart. This data is the backbone of our historic bird records, which began in 1974, and is entered into eBird.

Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II
Wisconsin Society for Ornithology  began research for the first breeding bird atlas in 1995. There were major gaps in breeding bird data and over 1,600 volunteers helped to complete the story. The information was first published in 2006. Information is currently being collected by enthusiastic volunteers through 2019 for the next edition, and is being collected through eBird. They are still looking for more volunteers. Learn more here.

Bird Club at Schlitz Audubon
Bird Club meets the second Wednesday of each month from 6:30pm – 8:00pm. These free drop-in events are part of a longstanding partnership with Milwaukee Audubon Society. Birders from beginner to advanced are welcome, including young adults. Check our calendar of events for updates.


Birding Resources

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology |  All About Birds
An online field guide that provides bird characteristics, range maps, and audio for 599 species of birds in North America.

How To Begin Birding
A great resource from National Audubon Society even if you’ve never picked up a pair of binoculars.

Started in 2002 by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, eBird is the most effective way to catalog bird sightings on a shared database.

Bluebird Nest Box Monitoring Throughout Wisconsin
Since 1994, Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin has entered monitors’ data into a computer data base and as a result, through computer analysis of the data, it has gained great insights into the complexities of how management practices and box design affect bluebird population dynamics. The purpose and mission of BRAW is to monitor and increase the production of the Eastern Bluebird and other native cavity-nesting birds through a coordinated statewide nest box construction and monitoring program.

Merlin Bird ID App
A mobile field guide which includes basic information about 400 species of North American birds. Includes photographs, descriptions, range maps, and recordings of calls and songs.


Citizen Science at the Center

Amphibians, Reptiles, and Fish