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Abstracts from Urban Ecology Center 2014

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

Year: 2014
Teacher(s): Erick Anderson, Lainet Garcia-Rivera

Different Tree Species in a Natural Area and in a Human Planted Area

Citlali S, Gabby H, Makena M, Loralei Jane M, Vivian M, Beatrix M, Olivia H, Airton G

We are part of the Young Scientist’s Club at Menomonee Valley. What we did was that we gathered information about how many different kinds of trees were on Jeff’s Path versus Hank Aaron State Trail. The reason we did this was to compare a natural area to a human planted area. One of our hypotheses was that there would be more different kinds of trees on Jeff’s Path and it was correct! There were 6 different kinds of trees on Jeff’s Path including: Rock Elm, American Elm, Black Walnut, Sugar Maple, Black Cherry, and Beech; and 4 different kinds of trees on the Hank Aaron State Trail including: Cockbur Hawthorn, Burr Oak, Hack Berry, and Apple Service Berry.

The Effect of Temperature on Canada Goose Presence in Washington Park, Milwaukee, WI

Gustav K, Kennedy Y, C.J. C, Donald H, Donovin H

The Urban Ecology Center is a neighborhood nature center dedicated to connecting citizens with the environment and with each other. For this year’s research, our main focus was on the Canada Goose, a very abundant in Washington Park. Our question was how the Goose population fluctuate with the change of temperature. So throughout the few weeks we went on bird walks counting how many geese we saw. Also, we bonded with each other and had fun. As we compiled our data, we came to the conclusion that this hypothesis was supported: there were more Canada Geese when it was colder than when it was hot. On average there were 10.9 more geese in the cold days than on a hot days.

The Impact of a Highway on Birds Observed in Washington Park, Milwaukee, WI

Liam D, Bella C, Jada Y, Marie C

We’re the Urban Ecology Center, one of the largest environmental organization in Milwaukee. We focus on environmental stewardship as a method for enacting change. We have many happy members and are doing many interesting things across our three branches. For our project this year, we decided to investigate U.S 41, the highway next to Washington Park. We wanted to see if the highway affected the presence of birds surrounding it, versus the presence of birds in the middle of the park. After weeks of data collection in different spots around the park, we observed a noticeable difference in birds observed between the highway edge and the other sites. There were more birds observed in the quieter areas of the park.

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