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Early Morning Bird Walks (Washington Park)
Washington Park

Wednesday, April 16th

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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Spring Break at the Urban Ecology Center - CANCELLED
Riverside Park

Wednesday, April 16th

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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  • What We Do

    Snake Research

    The natural areas at Urban Ecology Center’s three branches are home to three species of snakes, including the State-threatened Butler’s gartersnake.  Because very little is known about the Butler’s gartersnake, our research can help determine population size, demographics, and habitat preferences. This information will inform future conservation plans. Our volunteers survey snakes with plywood boards, capturing, measuring, marking and releasing them.  We also try to determine where the snakes overwinter, using implanted radio diodes to track the movement of the snakes.

    Finding snakes Girl with snake

    Young girl holding snake Snakes

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

    • Milwaukee County Zoological Society
    • Citizen-based Monitoring Network of Wisconsin
    • EPA Great Lakes Research Initiative
    • Prairie Biotic Research
  • 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