Plant Phenology at Schlitz Audubon

The Center has been keeping records of plant phenology since 1974. Guests are invited to catalogue which species they find to be sprouting, leafing, and flowering. This keeps our naturalists and land management staff vitally aware of species, their distribution, concentration, and health. It also helps us gather data about how climate change is affecting the plant world. The best way to participate is by cataloging data on our flower recording cards, which can be found and returned at the display in front of the auditorium entrance. They can be used for any flowering plant to catalogue when it flowers.

We also invite volunteers to help us in removing invasive species by joining our Conservation Team.


Upcoming Plant-Related Citizen Science Programs

Citizen Science: Plant Survey
Saturday, April 7 | 10:00am – 11:30am
Whether your interest in plants is just budding or in full bloom – we’d like to get you involved in surveying our plants at Schlitz Audubon. Join us at this orientation and then you can begin your search for spring gems, summer treasures, or autumn gold!
Registration is required.
Free with membership or admission.

Citizen Science Plant Training | Canada Goldenrod
Saturday, July 30 | 10:00am – 2:00pm
Join our Resource Ecologist in this Citizen Science program to collect data for prairies that are predominately covered in Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis). Using tools and plant identification skills, citizen scientists will collect and record the baseline data for goldenrod control. Citizen Scientists will meet early mornings or late afternoons  throughout late July – October until the mapped areas are completed.
Registration is required.
Free with membership or admission.


Spring Flower Bloom Data

Help us catalogue the blooming flowers of spring! Bring your favorite ID book or plant identification app. If you do not want to use a smartphone with the app, we will provide hard copies to document the plants. Contact Cassie for more information about Nature’s Notebook and how you can participate in flower identification.


Join our Conservation Team

Work alongside our staff as a volunteer land steward to preserve and restore Schlitz Audubon’s 185-acre outdoor classroom. Volunteers land stewards are always observing changes to the land, and the data other volunteers collect continually informs our land management strategies. Learn more about volunteering.


Plant Resources

Books Available in the Center’s Shop

Wildflowers of Wisconsin by Stan Tekiela
Trees of Wisconsin by Stan Tekiela
Wildflowers of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes Region by Merel Black and Emmet Judziewicz

Internet Resources

Nature’s Notebook | gathers information on plant and animal phenology across the U.S. to be used for decision-making on local, national and global scales to ensure the continued vitality of our environment.
Leafsnap | a series of electronic field guides being developed by researchers from Columbia University, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institution.


Citizen Science at the Center

Amphibians, Reptiles, and Fish