Milwaukee Urban Ecology Blog

Written by Urban Ecology Center
Wednesday, 06 November 2013
Margaret Rozga is a poet, playwright, and along with her late husband James Groppi, a leader in Milwaukee's civil rights movement. Her poems have been featured in many journals, and her recent work 200 Nights and One Day earned a bronze medal in poetry from the Independent Publishers Book Awards and was named an Outstanding Achievement in Poetry by the Wisconsin Library Association. This poem is taken from her forthcoming book Justice   Freedom   Herbs. We are excited to have her speak at our Menomonee Valley branch on November 12th.
Written by Beth Heller
Thursday, 31 October 2013
With significant increases in energy costs and the depletion of non-renewable resources, families are embracing energy efficiency. Including your children in decisions and actions you take can be rewarding, educational and fun! Here are a few suggestions to begin building your energy efficient home.
Written by Jennifer Callaghan
Wednesday, 30 October 2013
Imagine a stroll through the forest on a cold October evening. As you make your way down the path, a haunting call stops you in your tracks. The clouds part and the moonlight reveals a large shadow perched on a gnarled branch. The shadow regards you with piercing yellow eyes, then leaps from its roost and flies off silently into the darkness. You’ve just had a breathtaking encounter with a Great Horned Owl.
Written by Urban Ecology Center
Monday, 28 October 2013
Indian Mac' and Cheese, Corn Poha, Masala Chai. Are these delicious treats making your mouth water and your stomach grumble? If so, come check out this amazing cooking class offered at the Urban Ecology Center's Riverside Park branch next Monday, November 4th! You'll learn how to make and taste-test FIVE quick and delectable Indian vegetarian dishes from accomplished cook, Susan Pack.
Written by Urban Ecology Center
Sunday, 27 October 2013
Join us on November 20, 2013 for our Volunteer Appreciation Party and Annual Meeting, an evening of food and fun as we celebrate our year, share our future plans and thank our wonderful volunteers for the tremendous work they do. Among those volunteers being recognized are members of the Urban Ecology Center Board of Directors. We thank them for the vision and leadership they provide.
Written by Willie Karidis
Saturday, 26 October 2013
With the big events that have been happening in Riverside Park and in the Menomonee Valley, it’s easy to lose track of the fantastic things happening at Washington Park. To catch everyone up, I thought it best to check in with some of the folks who are helping to make it all happen. Tim Vargo, bird magnet and Manager of Research and Community Science, had this to say about a wonderful tradition he leads every Wednesday morning:
Written by Urban Ecology Center
Friday, 25 October 2013
Whether they are planting trees, greeting our visitors or giving our branches a "face-lift," we are grateful for the hard-working volunteers who give their time to furthering the Urban Ecology Center's mission. Come celebrate their efforts at our Volunteer Appreciation Party on November 20th, 2013. Look below and see for yourself just some of the things volunteers have accomplished during 2012-2013!
Written by Glenna Holstein
Thursday, 24 October 2013
As part of my job I get to meet a lot of really interesting and wonderful people. In fact, that’s one of my favorite parts of this work! For example, I recently got to meet Surhabi Shah, the Director of the US Environmental Protection Agency Urban Water Initiative. She was in Milwaukee and wanted to meet with a few of the folks involved in the work in the Menomonee Valley to learn about what we’re doing to restore that waterway. The EPA wants to know what we’re doing here? Amazing! But also a little nerve wracking.
Written by Urban Ecology Center
Thursday, 24 October 2013
Although the temperature is cooling down and everyone is preparing for the winter days ahead, don't get discouraged about spending your days outside and engaging with nature! Everyone here at the Urban Ecology Center is excited about participating in fun Fall activities, from hiking and camping outdoors, to making craft projects or cooking recipes inspired by Fall materials. Here's a list of some of our favorite activities that you can do, and remember, don't let the cooler weather daunt you from exploring the great outdoors!
Written by Matt Flower
Wednesday, 23 October 2013
Trees are the stars of autumn's dazzling display, and this time of year brings a special opportunity to learn more about their leaves' unique shape and color.

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