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Month of November

Welcome to the Research and Community Science monthly schedule! Due to the continued circumstances regarding COVID-19, the Urban Ecology Center is closed to the public. The only in person volunteer opportunities are our weekly bird walks at each of the three UEC branches. More details below. In the mean time, please check out some of the amazing content on our UEC in My Backyard page where there are informative lectures, activities for kids, and much much more. 

In Person Bird Walks:

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Our weekly bird walks at the three UEC branches are now open to the public. These run every Tuesday at Menomonee Valley, every Wednesday at Washington Park, and every Thursday at Riverside Park from 8:00-10:00am. Register here.

Please read through the following protocols if you wish to attend.

- Participants must register the day in advance here so we know how many people to expect for each walk.

- The group and registration is limited to 10 participants.

- For the health and safety of all participants, a mask must be worn when within six feet of each other.

- And finally there is a health waiver that you must sign when you arrive indicating you are not experiencing any COVID related symptoms or that you have not come in contact with a positive case recently.

We really appreciate your vigilance as we work hard to ensure the safety of all participants.

Virtual Events:

Weekly Virtual Backyard Naturalist Lecture Series

Most Fridays at 9:00am CST

Come join us for weekly Friday virtual lectures on the amazing life that exists in our backyards. Each week will focus on a different Backyard Naturalist topic from birds to archaea. We will cover it ALL, one week at a time! Register here.

Upon registration, you will be sent an email containing the link to the Zoom session. Look for this email 1 hour prior to event start time. (If you do not see this email, it might be based on your personal email filter settings - be sure to check your spam folder)

You can find all the previously recorded lectures on Backyard Wildlife and on an Introduction to eBird series here.

Virtual Naturalist Trivia Night

Thursday, November 18th, 7:00-9:00pm CST

Come join us for a fun evening of nature based trivia with a special round focused on this month’s Yardversity (documenting the biodiversity in our backyards) theme: Wildlife Camera Monitoring. Each round will have a different theme so come prepared to quiz your knowledge, test your limits, and enjoy a laugh or two with friends, family, or just yourself! Register here.

Each person MUST register individually so we know exactly who is playing and what team they are on.

Upon registration, you will be sent an email containing the link to the Zoom session 1 hour prior to event start time. (If you do not see this email, it might be based on your personal email filter settings - be sure to check your spam folder)

Virtual Yardversity Lecture - Discovering Wildlife with Trail Cameras - Lessons from Snapshot WI

Friday, November 20th, 9:00-10:00am CST

Join Jennifer Stenglein, DNR Research Scientist and Spokesperson for Snapshot Wisconsin, and learn about the Snapshot Wisconsin partnership to monitor wildlife year-round and how to effectively use your own trail camera.

Snapshot Wisconsin is a WDNR project that enrolls volunteers to monitor wildlife with trail cameras, often from their own backyards. Since 2016, Snapshot Wisconsin has worked with >1700 volunteers to collect >45 million photos. These photos are turned into data to help support wildlife decision making. With infrared flashes and increasingly better camera and video technology, trail cameras are a fun and interesting way to see what moves across the landscape all hours of the day. In this talk we will give an overview of Snapshot Wisconsin and discuss some lessons learned in Snapshot Wisconsin that may help you maximize your backyard trail camera experience. Register here.

Upon registration, you will be sent an email containing the link to the Zoom session. Look for this email 1 hour prior to event start time. (If you do not see this email, it might be based on your personal email filter settings - be sure to check your spam folder)

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Virtual Yardversity - All about Trail Cameras!

Saturday, November 21st, 9:00-10:30am CST

Connect with the diversity close to your home and contribute to science by joining the Yardversity project! Each month, people from around Milwaukee (and even the world) will virtually gather for a couple hours and document the biodiversity that exists in our backyards. This fun and interactive biodiversity challenge is for everyone! Register here.

To further enhance learning, each month will focus on a different wildlife-related topic. For the month of November we will explore the use of trail cameras. Have you ever wondered what wildlife passes through, or even makes a home of your backyard when you’re not looking? Many common wildlife species are nocturnal and are active under the cover of night while the rest of the world sleeps, while others are less adapted to living among humans and prefer to go about their business in privacy. Some are around, and just plain interesting to watch. Trail cameras are a discreet way to discover and monitor what wildlife is present close to your home.

You’re invited to tune in while collecting data in your backyard to listen to an informal discussion on this topic. We will end the event with some fun themed trivia! Come join us and turn your backyard into your own research station! You just need to register for yourself or for your family once and you will then receive the Youtube Live link in the days leading into the event.

iNaturalist Challenge

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Join our fall time phenology challenge by participating on iNaturalist. Just search "Fall Phenology in Milwaukee 2020" in the projects tab in iNaturalist for a list of plants and animals we encourage you to find that represent fall! Check out this blog for more details on how to join and how to participate.

As always, please stay safe and as always, Happy Researching! - Maggie, Ethan, Tim

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