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Bird Research

The Urban Ecology Center’s field sites are important stopover habitats for migrating birds.  Volunteers have been collecting important data on birds since the 1980’s and the Urban Ecology Center is a founding partner of the Milwaukee Biome Project, with the goal of identifying important regional stopover habitats.  Weekly bird walks, banding, point counts and transects all rely on volunteer help.  If you are willing to commit some time we can help you learn the difference between the calls of the Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers, or you can experience first-hand what it is like to feel the heartbeat of a bird in your hand.

Check out this great Journal Sentinel video about our bird banding program:

If you are interested in helping the Urban Ecology Center with bird research, please attend a volunteer workshop or contact Meghan Jones at

For more information on the Milwaukee Biome Project, please visit:  http://milwbiomeproj.wordpress.com/

Bird research

The Urban Ecology Center’s bird research has received valuable funding from:

  • The Citizen-based Monitoring Network of Wisconsin’s Partnership Program.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes Research Initiative
  • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act
  • Wisconsin Society for Ornithology

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HOLIDAY HOURS: Riverside Park open 9am - 5pm

Riverside Park

Monday, December 22nd

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Early Morning Birdwalks (Menomonee Valley)

Menomonee Valley

Tuesday, December 23rd

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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