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Written by Miguel Santos
Friday, 06 March 2015
The morning sunlight shimmered on the rippling surface of the river. It was a beautiful day in late fall as second graders hiked along the Menomonee Valley trails. The excitement of the kids grew as the trail got more and more covered by the trees. I realized that the border between them and the natural world had started to break down when I heard a few “wows” for a Blue Heron that flew by and a salmon going up the river to spawn. You could sense the connection one student had as she held an improvised walking stick.
Written by Tim Vargo
Thursday, 05 March 2015
Washington Park has a special place in my heart. I took my wife there for our first date (a birdwalk, of course), we were married on the island, we bought a house that overlooks the park and it is where we found our lovable force of a Golden Retriever. If you attend any of the programs at our branch there you will see how vibrant the human community can make the park, but a quiet stroll will often reveal an array of wildlife worthy of a show on Animal Planet. Seriously!
Written by Urban Ecology Center
Friday, 27 February 2015
Our research program has two unique features: an urban habitat focus and the inclusion of volunteer citizen scientists. The urban wilderness research and monitoring we do provides baseline data that allow us to track how our habitat improvements affect wildlife over time. We’re measuring the changes so others can replicate the results in other cities.  We are one of the leaders of an international movement to facilitate community-led research and monitoring. Our Citizen Science program focuses as much on the process of engaging community volunteers as it does on the research process itself. What this means is that everyone can contribute in a meaningful way to scientific research.
Written by Jamie Ferschinger
Thursday, 26 February 2015
As a child I loved visiting other people’s houses, because visiting a different house seemed like an adventure. Maybe they would have a secret passageway. Maybe they would have a tree house or maybe a fireman’s pole. Maybe they would have a pony, or maybe they had a magic key that I would find! The possibilities seemed as endless as my imagination. I could make myself into a character of a new story with each new setting. The awareness of these memories are at the front of mind when my nieces come to visit. I have two nieces, Macy and Ella: ages five and two, respectively. I think our house still seems like uncharted territory to them, where mystery and…
Written by Urban Ecology Center
Tuesday, 24 February 2015
In our home we have subscriptions to a lot of things, from my hometown newspaper to our internet service. In 2014 we decided to subscribe to healthier eating, though at the time we didn't know that's what we were doing. We just decided to become members of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm after hearing about it for so many years from our friends.
Written by Guest Blogger
Monday, 23 February 2015
Here at the Urban Ecology Center, we love to celebrate different events, activities and programs offered throughout the year. To celebrate winter, we hosted several great outdoor programs, including excursions to Lapham Peak for cross country skiiing by candlelight. Not only were we excited about this program, but the attendees seemed to have a blast as well. One attendee, Dan, is a contributing member here at the Center who recently wrote a guest blog that reflects on his experience at this program. Read on to hear why Dan enjoyed this program due to its built-in sense of camaraderie.
Written by Ken Leinbach
Thursday, 19 February 2015
Ce-le-brate good times, come on!There’s a party goin’ on right hereA celebration to last throughout the yearsSo bring your good timesand your laughter tooWe gonna celebrate your party with you Do you remember that song from Kool and the Gang? Well guess what folks, we have our own Kool Gang and wow, do we have something to celebrate!
Written by Lesley Sheridan
Wednesday, 04 February 2015
I love a well told story. So much so that if you asked me to write a list of my favorite things, I would literally write "a well told story" somewhere in the top twenty – probably between "laughing until I cry" and "sugar." I think one of the reasons that I love stories so much is because stories can evoke just about any emotion a person is capable of feeling – and I think it's these strong reactions that make hearing and telling stories so much fun.
Written by Beth Heller
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
The Urban Ecology Center is delighted to welcome Terrence (Terry) Evans as the Center’s new Branch Manager for our Washington Park branch. Terry brings with him 19 years of nonprofit experience, nearly a decade of which has been in leadership roles in Milwaukee. Specializing in youth development, job training and community organizing, he looks forward to focusing those talents in the Washington Park neighborhood.
Written by Michael Espinoza
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
"When are the gardens going to be open?!" This is a question that the Menomonee Valley Young Scientists would ask last year over and over again. The roar and grumble of the tractor machinery was heard throughout Three Bridges Park as workers installed 40 raised garden beds and three arbors, airy structures that will support vine plants.
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