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Tuesday, 18 April 2017
Earth Day is nearly upon us. Each year we pause on April 22nd to think about ecology, climate change, preservation—survival. This past year, people the world over have come together around the protection of our waters, taking up the chant "Water is Life."   Now as we think about the health of our planet, I invite you to consider the way we "story" water, the earth, the sky, and all the natural beings in the universe. In The Truth About Stories Indigenous writer Tom King asks, "Do the stories we tell reflect the world as it truly is, or did we simply start off with the wrong story?"
Written by Urban Ecology Center
Wednesday, 12 April 2017
April 22nd is Earth Day, celebrated around the world as a day to protect, steward and learn about the earth. Here at the Center we're inviting everyone to help celebrate with our Earth Day of Service, a morning of pitching in with friends and neighbors at each of our three branches to show some love to our little corner of the planet - come join us!
Written by Jeff Veglahn
Tuesday, 04 April 2017
A seed is small and complex, And will keep you perplexed, On how it relents, From seasons to next.
Written by Urban Ecology Center
Friday, 31 March 2017
You may have heard that the results of a recent EPA study found the presence of PCBs in the soil and sediment on the flood plain along a 4-mile section of the Milwaukee River that includes Riverside Park. We take health and safety very seriously, and we’re not worried. Here’s why: 
Written by Katie Schober
Thursday, 02 March 2017
In mid-January, during those grand days of winter when we actually had snow on the ground, I learned the value of taking chances through the determination of an 8th grade girl. It was a chilly day, but I had discovered the previous week that students cannot wait to be outside, even on the coldest of days. One student caught my attention as we walked out to the bus. She told me that it was her first trip to the Urban Ecology Center, her first winter in Wisconsin, and how excited she was for her first opportunity to explore snow. Little did she know, her class was about to go cross-country skiing.
Written by Caitlin Reinartz
Wednesday, 01 March 2017
Coming from the perspective of a human (a true biological juggernaut of adaptability), the past couple of weeks have been a real joy. For a few glorious days, I wore a tank top outside at work (in February!) and today I’m walking in a winter wonderland again. While the particular weather pattern we’ve just experienced here in Milwaukee has been a treat for us humans, for the plants around us, trees and shrubs especially, it will prove to be more of a trial.
Written by Jennifer Callaghan
Wednesday, 01 March 2017
For those of you who may not know, we have an organization-wide phenology competition every year to document the first of year (FoY) Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Chipmunk, Mourning Cloak, and Butler's Gartersnake. The documentation of these four species typically signifies the arrival of spring and the dismissal of winter. This year's unseasonal warm weather, however, has a resulted in an uncomfortably early kickoff.
Written by Beth Heller
Wednesday, 01 March 2017
An ornithologist and ecologist are hiking along the Milwaukee River. No, this is not a start to a bad joke – it is a story about how we think. As they turn a corner, the ornithologist gasps as she sees a tree alive with the movement of over 20 birds! Stopping, she focuses her binoculars and directs her attention to the characteristics that will help her identify them. It is challenging and fun. She is having a great time and decides she needs to walk here more often and plans to tell all of her friends about this wonderful place to look for birds!
Written by Urban Ecology Center
Tuesday, 28 February 2017
In 2016, over 9,000 people attended events hosted by renters at our three branches. From weddings to meetings, we offer 14 eco-friendly spaces and many amenities that are perfect for small to fairly large groups. More importantly, by holding an event at the Urban Ecology Center, you are helping a child to get out into nature. You are helping an adult canoe for the first time and a teen teach kids how to grow a garden.
Written by Ken Leinbach
Monday, 27 February 2017
Below is the story of how Ken wrote Urban Ecology: a Natural Way to Transform Kids, Parks, Cities, and the World. Click here for a short synopsis of the book. The way I wrote a book was not traditional, but I doubt that is much of a surprise to most. Wait, did you catch that? I just wrote a book! It's called Urban Ecology: a Natural Way to Transform Kids, Parks, Cities, and the World. This adventure started two years ago when Peter and Jean Storer offered us support for the purpose of writing a book. Without any request  from us, they felt that the Urban Ecology Center story needed to be told. What followed was a little bit of…

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