Milwaukee Urban Ecology Blog

Written by Tim Vargo
Wednesday, 20 March 2019
The Climate is undeniably changing; globally, regionally and especially within the Urban Ecology Center’s birding programs. This spring marks the 9th Anniversary of the Green Birding Challenge and the 3rd year of the Brew City Birding Festival.  What are these events and how are they changing?
Written by Megan Andrews-Sharer
Wednesday, 13 March 2019
Tatiana Vélez Medellín, Colombia Professional Background: Economic Development Tatiana Vélez attended the Urban Ecology Center Intensive with the goal of learning how she might enhance the impact of her current organization. Her vision was (and is) to create and then replicate a center for community environmental education programs through strategic collaborative partnerships.
Written by Urban Ecology Center
Friday, 01 March 2019
As a volunteer, Camoya remembers, “The first thing they had us do was canoe…and I’ve never canoed before. I was really nervous and it was completely out of my comfort zone. But they were like ‘you can do it, you can do it!’” “The staff were very encouraging. So we got in the canoe and we canoed the lagoon. It was one of the best days I’ve ever had here.” From Camoya’s first introduction to the Washington Park Urban Ecology Center as a youth volunteer in 2014 to her years in the High School Outdoor Leader program and then acceptance to college in the fall of 2018, we’ve loved being a part of this amazing young woman’s journey!
Written by Urban Ecology Center
Thursday, 28 February 2019
Because of your support, our next generation of environmental scientists is growing. Up and out the door at 6 a.m., Analiese is ready to dive into the latest Community Science research project at the Urban Ecology Center! It’s not how you’d expect an 11-year-old might start her day. But for Analiese, walking a few doors down to the UEC at daybreak was a weekly routine during the summer of 2018.
Written by Urban Ecology Center
Tuesday, 26 February 2019
As Black History Month draws to a close, our Equity, Dignity, and Justice team at the Urban Ecology Center wanted to highlight some of the black folks who have shaped, led, and grown the environmental movement. The faces associated with environmentalism in our societal storytelling are often white ones, but in reality black (and brown) folks have been caring for and protecting our environment throughout human history. Here are some black environmental leaders we love:
Written by Margaret Siebers
Tuesday, 26 February 2019
I want to tell you about an amazing employment opportunity that the Urban Ecology Center has for high school students. But first, let’s do an icebreaker. What was your first job? For me, it was babysitting. I worked with many different families, which meant different expectations from employers.Some families paid fairly, others did not. There were well behaved children and those who saw a parent date night as an opportunity to cast off all the tyrannical rules set in place for them.
Written by Megan Andrews-Sharer
Tuesday, 19 February 2019
Dana Render Atlanta, Georgia Operations Manager, Trees Atlanta When Trees Atlanta was founded in 1985, its stated purpose was to protect and improve Atlanta's urban forest by planting, conserving, and educating. 30 years and over 113,000 trees later, that mission remains the same. Through a combination of full-time staff, their dedicated and ever-growing community of volunteers, and partnerships with contractors and corporate partners, Trees Atlanta is committed to maintaining and expanding the natural tree canopy. (Read more about the work of Trees Atlanta here).
Written by Megan Andrews-Sharer
Tuesday, 05 February 2019
Julie Ulrich, Program Director, Nature in Cities, The Nature Conservancy, Pennsylvania Chapter; and Rebecca Weaver, coalition and community partnership expert working as Cities Program Manager for The Nature Conservancy, Missouri Chapter. Over half of the world’s population lives in cities, and numbers are predicted to rise in coming years. The United Nations Department of Economic and Social affairs cites, “Sustainable urbanization is key to successful development.” The UN uses the term sustainable in a broad scope--economic, social, and environmental. The Nature Conservancy is a global organization working to address sustainable development from the environmental lens, protect urban nature and enable people to interact with it in a meaningful way is increasingly important. Pascal Mittermaier, Global Managing Director for Cities, says…
Written by Meghan Forseth
Tuesday, 05 February 2019
I have every intent to cook healthy, delicious, well-balanced meals for Josh (my husband) and Jude (my two-year old) but every time I venture off to the grocery store I end up with the same ingredients. I swear I make every effort to stop by the produce section and examine all of the colorful fruits and vegetables. I often admire those fearless shoppers who throw jalapenos, bok choy and kale in their carts. They seem brave. They seem to know what they are doing.
Written by Guest Blogger
Thursday, 31 January 2019
I got started volunteering at the Urban Ecology Center through small mammal monitoring in the summer of 2012 and have been fortunate enough to help with that project at least a few times every summer since, alongside numerous other projects. These opportunities and the UEC have helped me get to where I am professionally, granted me steady friendships, taught me so very much, and, most importantly, welcomed me, enthusiastic quirks and all, with open arms.

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