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Current Research & Community Science Schedule


Weeks of January 13th - January 26th

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 repertoire 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. 

We hope everyone has been enjoying the holidays and that you are staying warm and safe during this winter time! We are looking forward to an exciting 2020 and hope that you all will continue to be a part of community science here at the Urban Ecology Center!

We are offering a college-level course on topical ecology by Tim Vargo, Manager of Research and Community Science. Designed for anyone interested in exploring the fascinating patterns found in tropical plant, animal and abiotic communities, this 4-part course can also enhance the experience for participants in the Center's Eco-travel trips. This course runs each Thursday from 6-8pm until January 30th. 

Please join us for the Natural History Field Trip on January 25th at Aztalan State Park. These field trips delve into the history of the space and intertwines both the ecological and human perspective. We will look at how these areas were used in the past and how that impacts the present. 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!

Fun Fact: Did you know that the Peregrine Falcon is only 1 of 3 species of raptors found on every continent except Antarctica? The other raptor that is found worldwide is the Osprey. We had been seeing the Osprey consistently at Washington Park as it feeds on the fish in the lagoon during the summer. We sure hope that it will return in 2020! The Barn Owl is the final raptor that is found on nearly every continent!

As winter 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..

Happy Researching! - Maggie, Ethan, Tim



Research and Community Science News:


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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Early Morning Bird Walks (Menomonee Valley)

Menomonee Valley

Tuesday, January 21st

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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ROOT - Riverside Park

Riverside Park

Tuesday, January 21st

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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