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Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory

We are recruiting volunteers and citizen scientists to help us with the Neighborhood Habitat Improvement Project, which aims to improve residential areas for birds, pollinators and water quality. The descriptions below describe how volunteers can help, participate in science, and learn more about our native plants, birds and pollinators at the same time!

The Observatory and the City of Port Washington are installing model native gardens in parks of Port Washington. We will need help maintaining those gardens, including watering newly established plants, mulching, weeding and reporting larger maintenance issues to city officials.

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About Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory



Mission Statement

Our Mission and Our Vision To advance the conservation of birds and bats in Wisconsin and throughout the Western Great Lakes Region through coordinated research, monitoring, and education. We envision a day when knowledge of birds is widespread, decisions affecting them are based on good science, and citizens care about conservation and participate in it so that common species are kept common and imperiled populations are restored.


The Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory is a scientific and educational nonprofit organization that aims to conserve birds and bats in Wisconsin. Currently we have two pillar projects, the Neighborhood Habitat Improvement Project and Expansion of the Motus Wildlife Tracking System in Wisconsin.

We are recruiting volunteers for the Neighborhood Habitat Improvement Project, a program designed to engage and empower residents to improve urban habitat at the most local scale, their yard. The beneficial results of this project will include enhanced suburban habitat for birds, improved water quality, expanded scientific understanding of urbanization and resident engagement in the process of science. Working together as a community, we will begin to understand the effects of these changes on birds and wildlife.

Neighborhood Habitat Improvement Project Goals:

  • To improve habitat for birds and other wildlife in residential Port Washington as a pilot for future programs in other sub/urban areas.
  • To improve water quality of suburban streams in Port Washington.
  • To improve our scientific understanding of how urbanization affects birds.
  • To nurture and promote a community of engaged, motivated and knowledgeable citizens.

We are piloting this project in Port Washington. In the future, we want to expand this pilot program to other communities in the Southeast Wisconsin Region.



We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple LocationsPort Washington, WI 53074




  • People 55+


  • We require all participants and volunteers to follow CDC guidelines, including wearing masks and maintaining social distance. Additionally, programs will only be conducted outdoors at this time.

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