Wisconsinites can scout different statistics from 2020 to give them a feel for the ecosystem in their area. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources released the results from a variety of 2020 wildlife surveys. DNR Wildlife Biologist Joshua Martinez, who serves Door, Kewaunee, and Brown County, says the COVID19 pandemic impeded their spring survey work which largely revolves around small game. They were able to get much more survey work done in the fall which was mostly large game and furbearer species. This is due to those species being registered often over the phone or in person, as a lot of survey information came from registrations. Martinez says during all seasons they use volunteer data from hunters and landowners to gauge the outdoor landscape.
He points to easy ways for the public to be involved with programs like Operation Deer Watch which goes from August to September, Snapshot Wisconsin, and reporting rare animal sightings. Operation Deer Watch and Snapshot Wisconsin information can be found on the DNR website.