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Saturday, June 18th 2016

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Come Celebrate 25 Years...

of educating urban youth, preserving the land, connecting people to nature and bringing communities together! We’ve been called Milwaukee’s best hidden gem, but we don’t want to be hidden any longer! Just like the rivers, valleys and green space surrounding our three branches, treasure awaits if someone will only show you the way!

All proceeds from the event directly support the Center’s mission and help to bring the wonders of our urban landscape to more students, families and neighborhoods.

Event Details

6:00pm Drinks & Appetizers

Enjoy a small bite and beverage as you stroll into the event. Along the short paved walk, you’ll learn about the impact your support has on our successful programming and have an opportunity to participate in a unique Scavenger Hunt. (optional)

6:30pm Delectable Dinner Stations & Silent Auction

8:33pm Live Auction & Sunset Celebration

9:00pm Dessert & Coffee

Tickets $150 per person  |  Casual Cocktail Attire  |  Complimentary Valet

Hosted by:
Carolyn & Jay Scott
Prairie Springs: The Paul Fleckenstein Charitable Trust
and
Kristyn & Mike Eitel
and
Susie & Fred Kasten

 

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Please RSVP by June 6th, 2016. For more information or to register by phone or mail please call Amy LaMacchia at (414) 964-8505 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Processing fees apply to online purchases.

Solstice Event Committee

Penny Cruse  |  Emily Di Nardo  |  Antoine McDuffie  |  Lisa Schultz
Brooke Stringer  |  Mark Stodder  |  Mary Gute Witte 

Thank you to our sponsors! 

Sponsors

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Lianna Bishop at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (414) 964-8505.

Landscaping workshop Website

Discover how to design and add native plants to your landscape in our 5-week Native Landscaping Workshop Series. Each session is taught by Urban Ecology Center Land Stewards and will have hands-on learning and/or discussion.


All sessions are on Wednesday nights from 5 - 7pm.
April 20th - May 18th

Register for the entire series

$50 for Members / $65 for non-members for entire series. 

Register by April 13th.


Apil 20

Why Plant Natives? 

This week we'll discuss the many ecological benefits of native plants and why you should incorporate them into your yard.

Apil 27

Measuring and Drawing your Existing Yard 

This week you'll learn how to properly measure, map and take inventory of your own yard in order to develop a landscape design.

May 4

Creating the Blueprint for your New Yard

This week you'll learn how to draw a landscape blueprint for a beautiful yard that incorporates principles of design and ecology.

May 11

Plant Selection and Site Preparation 

This week we'll discover the importance of proper site preparation and which species of plants to select for your site.

May 18

Planting and Maintaining for the Long Term

This week you'll learn best planting and maintenance techniques through a hands on planting of a native garden in Riverside Park.

 

Register for the entire series

 


Mark your Calendar

Native Landscaping Open House

Saturday, May 21 | 10am - 1pm

Adding native Wisconsin flowers, grasses, shrubs and trees to the landscape design of your home or business adds beauty, increases food and habitat for wildlife, and improves soil and water. Talk to local landscaping and native plant professionals to learn how to get started with native landscaping, and purchase native plants best suited for your location! Be sure to attend a presentation during the Open House to deepen your understanding of native landscaping benefits and practical know-how.

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Soaring Eagle and Rockin’ Robin Mobile Challenges

Rules modified from birdwatchersdigest.com

Team Rules:

  • Check-in for the Soaring Eagle Mobile Challenge begins at 6:00 a.m. and the challenge begins at 6:30 a.m. Check-in for the Rockin’ Robin Challenge begins at 8:00 a.m. and the challenge begins at 8:30 a.m.
  • Teams consist of three people, but may have a fourth if the person is a novice—we trust your judgment on this.
  • From the Urban Ecology Center starting line, your team will travel to and fro, without using any fossil fuels, recording birds on your score sheet.
  • Your team must always stay within visual contact of each other.
  • In order to record a bird, two people from your team must identify it.
  • You are required to have a cell phone for safety and so the Urban Ecology Center can periodically check in with your progress.
  • You must return to the Urban Ecology Center by 11:30 a.m. without using fossil fuels.
  • Following your return to the Urban Ecology Center, there will be a celebratory lunch ceremony.

Register Today! Registration for the Soaring Eagle and Rockin’ Robin Challenges ($25/person) include a light breakfast, event t-shirt, Green Birding Challenge swag, and catered lunch.

After you register, start collecting pledges! Ask your friends and family to donate online or use this form to collect pledges. Remember to give folks your team name so you can be credited with their donation.
If you have any questions contact Jennifer Callaghan at (414) 964-8505, x152.

Soaring Eagle Stationary Challenge

Rules modified from birdwatchersdigest.com

Stationary Birding Team Rules:

  • Check-in begins at 6:00 a.m. and the challenge begins at 6:30 a.m.
  • Teams consist of three people, but may have a fourth if the person is a novice—we trust your judgment on this.
  • From the Urban Ecology Center starting line, walk or bike to a fixed location in Riverside Park.
  • You will be supplied with a 17 ft. rope. Lay out your rope in a straight line—this will be the diameter of your circle and your home base as you record your bird sightings.
  • Once your rope is in place, you can start recording birds onto your WSO checklist/score sheet.
  • Two people in your team must identify the bird for it to be recorded.
  • If a bird is seen or heard from within the circle but is too distant to identify, someone on your team can leave the circle to get a closer look/listen to confirm the bird's identity. However, any new bird species seen or heard while confirming the original, can't be counted unless it's seen or heard by an "anchor" who stayed behind in your circle or is seen by you when you return to your circle.
  • The area can be left and returned to as frequently as desired, but you can only record birds that are identified from the circle. If you desire to move your circle to a new location you must start your list over from scratch.
  • You are required to have a cell phone for safety and so the Urban Ecology Center can periodically check in with your progress.
  • Return to the Urban Ecology Center by 11:30 a.m. without using fossil fuels.
  • Following your return to the Urban Ecology Center, there will be a celebratory lunch ceremony.

Register Today! Registration for the Soaring Eagle and Rockin’ Robin Challenges ($25/person) include a light breakfast, event t-shirt, Green Birding Challenge swag, and catered lunch.

After you register, start collecting pledges! Ask your friends and family to donate online or use this form to collect pledges. Remember to give folks your team name so you can be credited with their donation.
If you have any questions contact Jennifer Callaghan at (414) 964-8505, x152.

Fledgling Fun Challenge

The main objective for Fledgling Fun Challenge participants is to have fun! This challenge is geared towards those with little to no birding experience looking to learn some cool things about birds along the way. Highlights of this challenge include both indoor and outdoor bird activity/education stations and bird-themed quests for prizes.

Team Rules:

  • Check-in for the Fledgling Fun Challenge begins at 8:00 a.m. and the challenge begins at 8:30 a.m.
  • Teams consist of two or more people. No experience required!
  • Walk, bike, skip, or hop (move without using fossil-fuels) from the Urban Ecology Center, to identify birds during your challenge.
  • Team members are encouraged to document birds encountered through listing, journaling, photography, or drawing.
  • You are required to have a cell phone for safety and so the Urban Ecology Center can periodically check in with your progress.
  • You must return to the Urban Ecology Center by 10:30 a.m. without using fossil fuels.
  • A brief celebration will follow your team’s return to the Urban Ecology Center.

Register Today! Registration for the Fledgling Fun Challenge ($15/person) includes a light breakfast, event t-shirt, and an official International Migratory Bird Day event pin.

After you register, start collecting pledges! Ask your friends and family to donate online or use this form to collect pledges. Remember to give folks your team name so you can be credited with their donation.
If you have any questions contact Jennifer Callaghan at (414) 964-8505, x152.

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Volunteer Park Rangers

Riverside Park

Saturday, May 28th

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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Volunteer Park Rangers

Riverside Park

Saturday, May 28th

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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