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  • What We Do

    Invertebrate Research

    Invertebrates (animals without backbones) are often good indicators of environmental health, which is especially important as the Center makes large-scale changes to the native plant communities at its branches.  Volunteer efforts are crucial in monitoring the effects of the creation of the Milwaukee Rotary Centennial Arboretum on invertebrate communities.  The Urban Ecology Center also participates in national projects, such as the Monarch Larvae Monitoring Project, Monarch Watch, and the 4th of July Butterfly Count.

    If you are interested in helping the Urban Ecology Center with invertebrate 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 Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, please visit: www.mlmp.org

    For more information on Monarchwatch, please visit: www.monarchwatch.org

    For more information on the 4th of July Butterfly count please visit: http://www.naba.org/counts.html

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

    • The Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes Research Initiative
  • 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