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Written by Urban Ecology Center
Thursday, 27 February 2014
Even poor college students can afford to eat well. Jamie Ferschinger belonged to a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm through most of her college career and doesn’t ever “remember it being a hardship.” “I love to cook and I always had friends around to eat what I cooked. I got a smaller share so it wasn’t an overwhelming amount of food,” says Ferschinger. She eventually became a drop site for her CSA and it opened up a whole new demographic for the farmer – college kids.
Written by Urban Ecology Center
Thursday, 27 February 2014
“It’s like having Christmas every week!” says Lindy Meer of Milwaukee about being a member of a Community Support Agriculture (CSA) farm. “Our children are always very eager to open the box and see what has arrived. John Paul, the 8-year-old, loves opening the box because of all the crazy vegetables – like the mutant carrots and massive cabbages or club-like summer squash. I also don't think that a pint of raspberries has lasted for more than 1.5 minutes after opening.”
Written by Terrance Davis
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
Imagine a hot summer sun beating down on you, creating beads of sweat while you sip an ice cold lemonade and say AHHH! Refreshing huh? Unfortunately, it's not even spring yet, so you have a few months before you have rightfully earned warm temperatures.  But don't worry, there's plenty to keep you busy until the summer heat comes!  Of all the activities that children and families can participate in at the Urban Ecology Center, I believe the favorite is sledding. Sure skiing, snowshoeing and ice skating all have exhilarating effects, but something about sledding seems to really connect the community with the outdoors. 
Written by Willie Karidis
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
It was the kind of adventure that inspired unbridled cheers as well as quite moments of awestruck reflection. A week-long trip in Alaska has that effect on people. The Urban Ecology Center led its second Great Alaska Adventure this past September and this year we’re doing it again. The camaraderie displayed by our participants was truly inspiring and we looked forward to each day and savored moments wishing they would never end.
Written by Patrick
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
I thought the day would never come. Two years ago I probably couldn't tell you when my internship would end, and now I'm attempting to refute the inevitable conclusion. That's why I'm telling my story, because I want others, just like me, to share the experiences and incredible acquaintances that I've had the pleasure of having.
Written by Jennifer Callaghan
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
I recently pre-screened a copy of the Ordinary Extraordinary Junco in preparation for an April family program*. The film truly was fascinating and while I have always liked the little junco (especially when it is one of the only birds around on winter bird walks), my appreciation for them grew even more after having watched the film. The rapid adaptation that juncos are undergoing as a species and their unbridled tenacity make them a really neat bird.
Written by Joel Springsteen
Monday, 17 February 2014
A cedar glade is a type of savanna found on sites that are naturally protected from fire and where the bedrock is exposed or comes very close to the soil surface. The cedar, after which this natural community is named, is eastern red cedar - also known as Virginia juniper (Juniperus virginiana). Red cedar is not a true cedar (genus Cedrus) although it is a member of the cedar family (Cupressaceae). The rocky, thin soiled environment of the cedar glade is too harsh for most trees to become established, but red cedar is able to grow in cracks in the bedrock or in random pockets of deeper soil. Consequently, trees in the glade grow widely spaced, in clumps, or in…
Written by Mieko
Monday, 10 February 2014
Why would I recommend the Urban Ecology Center's Outdoor Leadership program? Honestly, I don't even know where to begin! It's not only the new experiences in both the working and the natural world that made this experience so incredible for me, it was also the new mindset I now have. If you are looking for a great way to get outside and learn about the world around you, but also get paid for the employment experience you gain, this is exactly the program for you. But it's not just that- if you want to meet new people and find friendships that will last a lifetime, this is just what you are looking for. And hey, who knows, it might completely…
Written by Jennifer Callaghan
Wednesday, 15 January 2014
During our recent bout of sub-zero weather, I noted the shortage of wildlife in my backyard. I knew that woodchucks were hibernating in cozy burrows, birds had insulating feathers, and turtles used anti-freeze in their blood to get through the winter, but then I considered our spineless friends. Surely all of Earth's 1.3 million invertebrate species couldn't move inside for the winter. But, where did they go? This question made me think about one bug in particular; one that I commonly associate with the warm weather. The antlion. What was my old buddy Mr. Ant Lion up to this time of year?  
Written by Caitlin Reinartz
Thursday, 09 January 2014
Living in Wisconsin, one can expect winters to be cold.  Well, these last few days of frigid temperatures have tested even the hardiest Wisconsinites.  I for one have been thanking my lucky stars for my fleece long johns and my wool sweaters, and I’ve been drinking more than my fair share of hot tea and coffee.  Looking out of my window at our winter wonderland, I can’t help but wonder how our animal friends manage to keep themselves warm through the cold winter months.  As we know, some hibernate, some migrate, and some don’t make it through the winter.  Those that do stick around and survive make use of our coniferous trees for thermal cover and food.  This month’s Native…

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