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Current Research & Community Science Schedule


Weeks of November 4th - November 17th

Welcome to the Research and Community Science bi-weekly schedule! Please check our calendar to keep track of all the research and community science programs happening each week during the busy summer field season. From invertebrates to vertebrates, our repetoire of summer programming is sure to offer something for everyone. Whether you're a beginner or an expert scientist, we invite you to participate in our community science program offerings. We welcome volunteers of all ages and experience levels. Please contact Maggie Steinhauer at mThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in learning more about these opportunities. 

Change Black Friday into Blue Friday this year -- #OptOutside and join others to collect water samples at one of the Emerging Contaminants Monitoring Sites. The samples you collect will be analyzed for prescription drugs, antibiotics, herbicides, personal care products, and more. Spaces are filling fast! Find a location and resister today here. Your samples will become a part of a larger study to identify major groups of emerging contaminants in our waterways. This is a collaboration between Milwaukee RiverkeeperUniversity of Wisconsin MilwaukeeCarroll University, and UEC.

As fall has settled in, our monitoring opportunities has dwindled down to just our weekly bird walks. However there are still plenty of opportunities to help with our data whether that is entering it or analyzing it. Looking at the results of the busy field season can sometimes be just as satisfying as the fieldwork itself! If you have any interest in helping out, please let Ethan Bott know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

On a recent bird walk through Three Bridges Park, the bird walk group encountered multiple downed trees and branches accross the path. After quickly scanning the area, multiple chiseled ends of tree stumps were spotted throughout the area. This clear indication of beaver activity in the Menomonee Valley is exciting as they establish themselves on the Menomonee River. The beavers target young sapling trees and stash them away in their burrows as food for the coming winter. Young trees have higher amounts of nutrition then mature trees and so they become a favorite snack for the beavers. We hope to capture evidence of the beavers in Menomonee Valley with our wildlife cameras! Stay posted once we have photo evidence of them!

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Please join us for the Naturalist Choice Field Trip on December 7th at Lizzard Mounds County Park! The field trip content will depend on what interesting events are happening there. Activities will vary based on mother nature. Please email Tim Vargo with any questions about this field trip: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We hope to see you out there!

Happy Researching! - Maggie, Ethan, Tim



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We are excited to annouce that the Urban Ecology Center will be leading a ecotravel trip to Brazil in August of 2020. That is less then a year away so get ready for an adventure of a lifetime. The trip will be led by Carlos Chavarria who has spent extensive time in Brazil. He will be able to use his knowledge to provide an awe-inspiring experience through Brazil's incredibly diverse and unique habitats. This trip will give you an opportunity to glimpse wildlife that one often only sees online. Home to the world’s largest fresh-water wetlands, the Pantanal is ten times the size of the Everglades, draining into a single channel: the Paraguay River. You’ll venture deep into this world-class wildlife hotspot from August 22 - September 1, 2020.

Please check out the Brazil webpage for more information that can be found here. This page contains more details, an sample intinerary, and other exciting highlights.

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Riverside Park Public Animal Feeding

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Sunday, November 17th

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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November Adventure Day

Riverside Park

Monday, November 18th

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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