Iowa DNR Volunteer Wildlife Monitoring Program (VWMP)

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Mission: The DNR manages fish and wildlife programs, ensures the health of Iowa’s forests and prairies, and provides recreational opportunities in Iowa’s state parks. Just as importantly, the DNR carries out state and federal laws that protect air, land and water through technical assistance, permitting and compliance programs. The DNR also encourages the enjoyment and stewardship of natural resources among Iowans through outreach and education.  The DNR’s mission: To conserve and enhance our natural resources in cooperation with individuals and organizations to improve the quality of life in Iowa and ensure a legacy for future generations.

Location: Boone (main office – parks throughout the state)

Needs: The Volunteer Wildlife Monitoring Program (VWMP) is for enthusiastic and sharp-eyed, sharp-eared volunteers who have a passion for wildlife and its conservation. With more than 800 species in our state, the wildlife staff cannot possibly keep track of all these critters in every corner of the state. We need volunteers that are willing and interested in collecting data on two important and sensitive groups of wildlife. We need volunteers that are willing and interested in collecting data on a few important and sensitive groups of wildlife: Bald Eagles/Ospreys/Peregrine Falcons, Frogs and Toads, and Bats.


When is service needed: Training is held in late winter/early spring for each upcoming season.

 Prerequisites: Training required,


Training supplied: Training supplied by the DNR is required for each of the programs, available on-line and in-person.  Information on the training is at the website


How to apply: Apply/ register for needed workshop(s) at  There is specific contact information and applications for each of the wildlife monitoring programs on this page.

Contact:  515-230-6599,


Operation information: The Bird Nest Monitoring Program focuses on three species of raptors: Bald Eagle, Osprey and Peregrine Falcon. These top predators are particularly sensitive to environmental changes, making them not only fascinating animals to observe but also important animals to monitor.

Address: Boone Wildlife Research Station  1436 255th St, Boone, IA 50036, Boone (main office – parks throughout the state)

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