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Backyard Wildlife Season I: Episode V. House of Cardinals (Recorded Live Lecture)

Backyard Wildlife Season I: Episode V. House of Cardinals (Recorded Live Lecture)

Cardinals epitomize the love that humans have for birds. They are bright red, their song is cheery and pure, they start singing right around Valentine’s Day and they are our neighbors!

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Intro to eBird – Part 4 – Final Tips and the Science Behind It (Recorded Live Lecture)

Intro to eBird – Part 4 – Final Tips and the Science Behind It (Recorded Live Lecture)

Join as we wrap up the Intro to eBird series as we talk about the status and trends section in eBird. We will talk briefly about some rare birds seen around Milwaukee in May of 2020. We will also talk about several tricks and tips within eBird that may or may not make you a compulsive birder! You have been warned! And finally we will wrap up with a tip on becoming a better birder by sound.

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Backyard Wildlife Season 1: Episode 4: I, Rabbit (Recorded Live Lecture)

Backyard Wildlife Season 1: Episode 4: I, Rabbit (Recorded Live Lecture)

The Eastern Cottontails are very common lagomorph in the Eastern United States and especially in our backyards. They are prolific, breeding like, well… rabbits but they are also high on the list of meals for predators. We’ll try to shed some new light on the natural history of this hoppy hare. Check out more great content like this at: urbanecologycenter.org/inmybackyard Want to help connect more people to nature & each other? Donate at urbanecologycenter.org/donate

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Beginner Basics for Backyard Birding (Recorded Live Lecture)

Beginner Basics for Backyard Birding (Recorded Live Lecture)

If you are feeling a little overwhelmed or under prepared to identify birds and put a list together, we’ll guide you through some of the best practices for beginning birders and resources that you can use.

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eBird Basics (Recorded Live Lecture)

eBird Basics (Recorded Live Lecture)

Come learn what eBird is, why it’s important and who it’s for (spoiler: it’s for everyone!). This lecture will help prepare you for entering a checklist online and on your phone as well helping get you started on contributing to an international dataset that is used for scientific and conservation decisions around the world.

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Most Commonly Misidentified Birds (Recorded Live Lecture)

Most Commonly Misidentified Birds (Recorded Live Lecture)

As you prepare for any kind of birding, we’ll guide you through some of the most commonly MISidentified birds, because let’s face it, the best way to become a better birder is to learn from our mistakes. Session led by GIS and Field Data Coordinator, Ethan Bott.

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Ask a Naturalist: amphibians at the ephemeral pond

Ask a Naturalist: amphibians at the ephemeral pond

You asked questions about the amphibians who are currently living in the Riverside Park ephemeral pond and we answered them. Drew Vandegrift, Restoration Assistant, explains what type of amphibians you can see at the pond and other interesting facts. Check out the video!

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Intro to eBird Part 3 (Recorded Live Lecture)

Intro to eBird Part 3 (Recorded Live Lecture)

Join as we learn how to use the Explore tool of eBird. We will learn how to find which spots are hot and where specific species are that you want to know about! We will learn about bar charts as well as arrival and departure times for birds.

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Backyard Wildlife: American's Next Top Robin

Backyard Wildlife: American's Next Top Robin

If you stay up late watching a movie this time of year, you might hear the Robin starting its’ day when you go to bed. Yes, they start singing at 3 or 4am! There are a lot of other great stories about this iconic North American bird that we’ll discuss in this episode

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The Relationship between Queen Bees and Spring Ephemerals

The Relationship between Queen Bees and Spring Ephemerals

Learn about the importance of bumble bees and the video that captured the first recorded sighting of a queen bumble bee of any kind in Milwaukee County this year and one of the very first in the state for this year. Blog written by Ethan Bott, GIS and Field Data Coordinator, and Jeff Veglahn, Land Steward at our Menomonee Valley Branch.

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Extraordinary Backyard Wildlife: Fifty Shades of Gray Squirrel (Recorded Live Lecture)

Extraordinary Backyard Wildlife: Fifty Shades of Gray Squirrel (Recorded Live Lecture)

Gray squirrels are everywhere! But you may not know how ecologically important this squirrel is to our local plant and wildlife communities. We are exploring the amazing natural history of the very common but very successful critter.

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Intro to eBird: Part 2 (Recorded Live Lecture)

Intro to eBird: Part 2
(Recorded Live Lecture)

Join as we learn how to submit a checklist to eBird online while also learning how to attach photos, sounds and videos to your sightings. Among other information provided in this recorded live lecture, we're exploring how you can become a better birder using the millions of sounds and photos submitted to eBird.

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Ask a Naturalist: Things that Fly

Ask a Naturalist: Things that Fly

You "Ask a Naturalist" about "Things that Fly" and you can find the answers in this video. Thanks UEC Research for sharing your knowledge!

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Extraordinary Backyard Wildlife: House Sparrows (Recorded Live Lecture)

Extraordinary Backyard Wildlife: House Sparrows (Recorded Live Lecture)

House Sparrows are so common you probably don't even notice them but they are very likely your neighbor and have an extraordinary history with humanity. We're exploring this amazing creature together with a lecture led by Tim Vargo, Manager of Research and Community Science.

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Intro to eBird: Part 1 (Recorded Live Lecture)

Intro to eBird: Part 1 (Recorded Live Lecture)

Have you heard of eBird, but don't know what it is or where to start? Or maybe you have never heard of eBird, but you want to start contributing data on the birds in your backyard. Come learn what eBird is, why it’s important, and who it’s for (spoiler alert: it’s for everyone!). This first lecture on eBird helps get you started on contributing to an international dataset that is used for scientific and conservation decisions around the world. Led by GIS and Field Data Coordinator, Ethan Bott.

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How you can Connect to Nature and Contribute to Research!

How you can Connect to Nature and Contribute to Research!

You have a chance to contribute to spring phenology data! Learn more information with this great article written by Ethan Bott, GIS and Field Data Coordinator

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Phenology in the Time of a Pandemic

Phenology in the Time of a Pandemic

Environmental Educator Tory Bahe tells about the Science of Appearance.

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Mourning Cloaks and Butlers, the Silent Heralds of Spring

Mourning Cloaks and Butlers, the Silent Heralds of Spring

by Research and Community Science Coordinator Maggie Steinhauer

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Get To Know Land Steward Terminology!

Get To Know Land Steward Terminology!

Land Steward, Jeff Veglahn, shares some common lingo.

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Secret Lives of Wildlife

Secret Lives of Wildlife

Enjoy this article about wildlife camera pictures. These could be in your backyard as they were found in the UEC’s backyard! Keep your eyes out for these awesome creatures!

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Brilliant Beetles

Brilliant Beetles

Who doesn’t love living creatures that are brilliantly colored, small and abundant in their desired environment?

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Turkey Vultures

Turkey Vultures

You can spot these birds soaring high in the sky as they search for food.

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Striped Skunk Spotlight

Striped Skunk Spotlight

There's more to skunks than meets the eye (and nose!)

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Opossum Spotlight

Opossum Spotlight

The Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana) lives throughout most of Wisconsin - except the northeast - in deciduous woods, semi-open and urban areas.

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