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  • A New Thanksgiving Tradition
    Written by Julee Mitchell
    Thursday, 14 November 2019
    A New Thanksgiving Tradition

    Thanksgiving is the busiest time of year for travel in the United States. Last year, over 50 million Americans traveled on average 50 miles to reach their Thanksgiving destination, and nearly 90% was by automobile. But, people aren’t the only ones logging in the miles. American food travels an average of 1,500 to 2,500 miles from farm to table, according to the Worldwatch Institute.

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  • Explore Ecology and Local History with us!
    Written by Tim Vargo
    Tuesday, 19 November 2019
    Explore Ecology and Local History with us!

    A few years ago I received a copy of John Gurda’s Milwaukee: City of Neighborhoods as a birthday present.  I innocently and leisurely cracked it open and it was almost as if a spirit left the pages and drew me in because I literally could not put the book down and frankly, I became obsessed with local history.  Obsession phase one involved me pouring through all 466 pages of the book taking copious notes.  Phase two involved a meticulous analysis of the landscape wherever I went.  I sought out historic buildings and streets, looked for evidence of streetcars or buildings long gone, and tried to envision the pigs that once roamed the east bank of the Menomonee River in Pigsville.  I was obsessed because of the stories that each place told and I found myself surrounded by compelling stories that spanned the roughly 13,000 years of human existence in Wisconsin.

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  • My Volunteering Story: Dennis Grzezinski
    Written by Urban Ecology Center
    Saturday, 02 November 2019
    My Volunteering Story: Dennis Grzezinski

    We are excited to share this special piece by Urban Ecology Center (UEC) Board Director Dennis Grzezinski. Dennis has been volunteering at the UEC almost since its inception and has had a huge role in getting us to where we are today. We are proud of his accomplishments and thrilled that he continues to be such a strong UEC advocate.

    Dennis was our pick for Volunteer of the Month in November 2019. We often ask our volunteers to list the experiences they've had at UEC and he wrote the article below that is part autobiography, part UEC history, and completely heartwarming. Thank you, Dennis, for everything you do!

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