Southeastern Wisconsin Invasive Species Consortium, Inc.


Shop Local

Wisconsin First Detector Network

Now enrolling for 2015

spring news 5

Invasive species are expanding throughout the state of Wisconsin each year. While these species are often overlooked, they are impacting our state’s economy, environment, and even human health.

Wisconsin’s First Detector Network (WIFDN) was established in 2014 with the goal of training citizen scientists to help prevent these impacts by locating and reporting populations of invasive species. In the inaugural year WIFDN trained over 100 volunteers who contributed over 700 hours towards this effort.

In 2015 WIFDN is seeking to train additional volunteers. Note that past participants can attend the 2015 training as a review at no charge. So, what do you need to do to become a WIFDN volunteer?

  1. Have a passion for protecting Wisconsin from invasive species
  2. Attend training videos/webinars (requires a $30 registration fee; see below)
  3. Volunteer 24 hours of service toward invasive species monitoring and/or education

Participants will receive detailed training on invasive species biology, impacts, and identification as well as the opportunity to participate in projects specifically designed for WIFDN volunteers.

It all begins March 13, 2015 with the first of five biweekly webinars.


Registration is $30.00 and open until March 26, 2015.

Click here to register for the 2015 WIFDN training.

If you cannot afford the registration fee, contact us to learn about our limited scholarships.

Organizations with volunteers who are unable to participate in the scheduled training can contact us to arrange limited in-person trainings to selected groups.

For more information contact: Tony Summers, WIFDN Coordinator

Phone: (608) 262-9570; Email: