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Abstracts from Urban Ecology Center 2013

Urban Ecology Center
1500 E. Park Pl
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Year: 2013
Teacher(s): Erick Anderson, Lesley Sheridan

Comparison of Bird Species on Land and Water at Washington Park versus Riverside Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Donovin H, Liam D, Kennedy Y, Marie C, C.J. C

Here at the Urban Ecology Center at Washington Park we have lots of fun doing all sorts of things such as fun environmental games, field trips, and canoeing. We also have a branch at Riverside Park and another beautiful location in the Menomonee River Valley. For our research project, we decided to compare the number of bird species in the forest at Washington Park to that at Riverside and to do the same with the species around the water habitats. For three weeks we did traveling bird counts in the forest and water habitats at both parks, and then compared the number of bird species that we found. We learned that there were more water and forest birds at Washington Park than at Riverside Park.


Milkweed Sunlight Preference In Riverside Park, Milwaukee, WI

David B, Daniel C, Jacob B, Tyson T

After observing milkweed plants in the gardens around the Urban Ecology Center and adjacent Riverside Park, and learning about the connection between monarch butterflies and milkweed plants, we decided our research question would be “Does milkweed grow more in sunny places or shady places in Riverside Park?” To test our hypothesis that common milkweed grows more in sunny places, we surveyed plants in the park and gave each plant a “shade number.” We supported our hypothesis by determining that most of the milkweed plants we surveyed had low shade numbers.


The Movement and Behavior of Birds in Washington Park, Milwaukee, WI

Donald H, Michelle W, Gustav K, Bella C, Jada Y

For several years at Washington Park we've noticed lots of birds flying around. We wanted to know how birds moved around at Washington Park and how they are behaving. Our question was, are birds spending most of their time in the lagoon, sky, ground, or trees and poles? For six weeks, we did traveling bird counts of the same distance. We gathered data while going around the lagoon, counting where we saw the birds and compared our data. We found that the most birds were on the ground and the fewest in trees or poles.


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