Final poster to the Citizen-based Monitoring Network
This project was supported by the Citizen-Based Monitoring Network (a partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Since no previously existing program was tailored to terrestrial invasive plant species in our two-county area, “Project WOW: The War on Weeds” is a key link between scientists and citizens, offering access to relevant information to foster awareness of local invasive species, and to use technology to contribute toward species mapping. With this funding, WHIP created unique educational kits containing printed materials and GPS tablet units, to allow students and interested citizens to contribute to an exciting citizen science effort to identify, map, track and report invasive species through Oneida and Vilas Counties. Recognition of the value of technology in outdoor education is a major strength of the Project, and leads to both stronger engagement of participants as well as higher-quality data reporting.
WHIP members have trained the following groups on how to use and borrow our tablets to use the GLEDN app for mapping invasives in their local areas:
Girl Scouts of the Northwoods (based in Rhinelander)
All 5th graders in Rhinelander and associated teachers/aides
A group of Master Gardeners of the Northwoods (based out of Crandon)
All 2015 and 2016 Clean Boats Clean Waters staff of Vilas County and 5 associated lake groups
Many Clean Boats Clean Waters staff and volunteers of Oneida County
Public attendees to a presentation at Trees for Tomorrow
Educators at a Science Workshop held at Kemp Natural Resources Station, including representatives from 3 elementary schools, 2 high schools, and 3 environmental outreach coordinators
.... and many more to come! WHIP plans to expand this project beyond simple training on tablets and GLEDN app, to a point where groups are loyal to mapping their own particular spots, (such as school forests) and will return to monitor those locations again and again. Call or email us to have a Project W.O.W. presentation for your group, or to borrow a kit! 715-369-9886 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Project information sheet
Project WOW Resources:
WHIP Coordinator & volunteers using W.O.W. tablets to identify and report invasive plants.