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.
You can also check out this great Journal Sentinel video about our bird banding program:
For more information on the Milwaukee Biome Project, please visit: http://milwbiomeproj.wordpress.com/
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