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Early Morning Birdwalks (Riverside Park)
Riverside Park

Thursday, April 24th

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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Burdock Brigade Thursdays (Washington Park)
Washington Park

Thursday, April 24th

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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  • What We Do

    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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

    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
  • 1500 E. Park Pl

    Milwaukee, WI 53211

    (414) 964-8505

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    Monday - Thursday

    9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

    Friday & Saturday

    9 am - 5 pm


    Noon - 5 p.m.

    1859 N. 40th St.

    Milwaukee, WI 53208

    (414) 344-5460

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    Noon - 6pm


    9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    3700 W Pierce St

    Milwaukee, WI 53215

    (414) 431-2940

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    Tuesday - Friday

    Noon - 7 pm


    9 am - 5 pm