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If you’re familiar with the term lifelong learning, the idea is that the desire to learn about the world remains strong with people who aren’t enrolled in a course at an institution of higher learning. Here at the Center we’ve previously offered college-level courses in Tropical Ecology and Plant Systematics, and now we’re excited to announce a course in Conservation Biology.

Thursday, 27 July 2017 10:15

A New Inhabitant In Riverside Park

Occasionally the Research and Community Science team has a find so cool that we can’t stop ourselves from sharing it. Back in 2006 I started a mammal monitoring project at Riverside Park to document the park’s population, and recently we recorded the most glorious find I have ever experienced at the UEC!

The Research and Community Science Program contributes important data to the study of urban wildlife. See below for our Annual Reviews of this work. If you'd like to help band birds, tag butterflies, track bats or conduct your own research project, please contact Tim Vargo, Manager of Research and Community Science, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


2015

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2014

RACSAR 2014 Final 09162015


 2013

cit sci annual review


2012

Annual Review 2012


2011

Research and Citizen Science Annual Review 2011

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 15:42

Community Science

The Urban Ecology Center's Community Science Program serves as a meaningful bridge between academic research and the community-at-large. The program creates collaborative spaces for research between professional and community scientists and creates a more engaged, knowledgeable and ecologically literate community. The Center maintains a network of urban field stations in which all research is accessible to and advised by both community and professional researchers.

Community members conduct cutting-edge research, from studying the physiology and phenology of migrating birds to discovering the winter quarters of threatened snakes. Community Scientists monitor and research bats, bugs, plants, snakes, turtles, mice, people and a host of other critters!

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 10:49

Community Science

I’ve always thought it a little strange that one of the most important identifiers we carry—our names—are usually given to us by someone else. Of course we can always choose to go by nicknames, middle names or change names completely.

Tuesday, 09 May 2017 16:43

Michigan: The Sunset Side 2017

Join the Urban Ecology Center for an Eco-travel adventure focused on exploring the sunset side of one of our greatest freshwater resources Lake Michigan!

Eco Travel MichiganSunset at Sable Lighthouse in Ludington State Park. Photo: Dan Chrenka

View the sunrise from the deck of the Lake Express ferry as we travel to Muskegon, Michigan to tour the diverse ecosystems, industries, and communities of the state's northwest Lower Peninsula before returning to Wisconsin aboard the National Historic Landmark ferry, the S.S. Badger.

Sights on our jounrey will include:

  • The industrial port city of Muskegon
  • Ludington State Park's renowned coastal ecosystems
  • Huron-Manistee National Forest and the endangered Karner Blue Butterfly habitat
  • The motor vehicle-free Main Streets and Gilded Age living of Mackinac Island
  • The steep sandy slopes of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

 

Sleeping Bear Dunes
Discover the surreal, wind-swept topography of Sleeping Bear Dunes. Photo: Bailiwick Studios

 

When: Saturday, August 19th through Friday, August 25th, 2017

Cost:  $1,800 per person ($2,325 for single occupancy room)

Includes:

  • 7 day trip exploring the sunset side of Lake Michigan
  • 3 ferries on Lake Michigan (technically one is also on Lake Huron)
  • 6 nights of hotel accommodations (double occupancy)
  • 7 days of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners (or Per Diem allowance)
  • Entrance fees to State Park, National Forest, National Lakeshore, and museums
  • Urban Ecology Center transportation throughout
  • Charming Urban Ecology Center guides who will worry about planning all the details—from guided excursions to getting you to historic Main Streets with time to explore on your own
  • Support for the Urban Ecology Center’s mission

Does not include: Alcohol and optional activities, such as during free time to explore Ludington State Park and Mackinac Island (e.g., carriage rides, bike rentals, high tea, additional tours).

A $500 mostly refundable deposit reserves a spot on the trip.

To learn more or to sign up, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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Visit the habitat of the endangered Karner Blue Butterfly (Lycaeides melissa samuelis) in Huron-Manistee National Forest.

 

Mackinac Island
Explore the preserved Victorian architecture of Mackinac Island. Photo: Brandon Bartoszek

 

Traverse City wine countryTour Michigan's oldest winery, the Grand Chateau Traverse during our visit to Traverse City.

 

Last fall at Riverside Park, the research and community science department was hosting the Wisconsin DNR’s bat biologists for an evening of bat mist netting, when a gregarious little screech owl paid us a visit. As DNR biologist Paul White held the large group of participants enraptured with a live bat, a persistent whinny in the distance distracted those of us at the back of the group.

Thursday, 12 April 2012 17:50

Phenology

Phenology is the study of how plants and animals are affected by the annual cycles of nature.

Since many of nature’s most interesting events can be linked to the weather, and predictable fluctuations in temperature, air pressure, and daylight prompt many plants and animals to change their behaviors and sometimes even their appearance. Since every species has its purpose, place and season, phenology can help us appreciate and understand a species’ role in its habitat.

By tracking these phenology occurrences, we can begin to understand how events and species are inter-related and help piece together the fascinating mosaic of the seasons.

 

Thursday, 20 October 2011 10:53

Turtle Research

The Milwaukee and Menomonee Rivers and the Washington Park lagoon, are host to several species of turtles including snapping turtles, soft-shelled turtles and painted turtles. We know this because of the work community scientists have contributed to the project since 2008.

Turtle surveys are conducted by canoe using baited hoop traps. Turtles are marked and released to help us determine population dynamics. If getting in hip waders and canoeing to traps is not your style, we also conduct leisurely walking surveys, looking for turtles basking in the morning sun.

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Smooth softshell turtle

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Hoop traps

The Center’s turtle research has received valuable funding from:

  • The Milwaukee County Zoological Society
  • The Citizen-based Monitoring Network of Wisconsin’s Partnership Program.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes Research Initiative
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