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Abstracts from Urban Ecology Center 2015

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

Year: 2015
Teacher(s): Erick Anderson, Michael Espinoza, Rachel Soika

Different Bird Species in September, October, and November in Stormwater Park, Milwaukee, WI.

Gabby H, Anastasia R, Loralei M, Vivian M, Beatrix M

As part of Young Scientist Club at Menomonee Valley we hike and go on bird walks regularly. We learned about migration and birds that stay during the winter, and we became curious to know how birds change over time in Stormwater Park. One of our hypotheses was that there were more different kinds of birds in October and this was supported by our results. We found that on week 3 (October 3, 2015) there were 12 species and a total of 79 individuals.


Different Bird Species in September, October, and November in Stormwater Park, Milwaukee, WI.

Olivia H, Angelica M, Joey M, Ciara P, Victorio P, Citlali S, Cuauhtli S

As part of Young Scientist Club at Menomonee Valley we hike and go on bird walks regularly. We learned about migration and birds that stay during the winter, and we became curious to know how birds change over time in Stormwater Park. One of our hypotheses was that there were more different kinds of birds in October and this was supported by our results. We found that on week 3 (October 3, 2015) there were 12 species and a total of 79 individuals.


Observation of Vermicompost Rates of Common Food Items

Liam D, Kennedy Y, Gustav K

Vermicompost has been an important part of the work we do at the Urban Ecology Center, and the soil we make helps us grow new plants in our park. We generate a lot of food waste when we cook together as a group, so we decided to take a look at which foods we often use break down the fastest in a bin with Red Wigglers. Over a month we kept track of the change in mass of Apple, Carrot, and Eggshell scraps in three different composts to determine which would break down fastest. We found that apples decreased in mass more than the other two.


What do worms prefer?

Jada Y, Bella C

For the past three years at the Urban Ecology Center Washington Park, we conducted research to present at the University of Minnesota. Each year, both groups have done something geared around birds and what not, but this year our group wanted something new and different. So thus, we brainstormed ideas of possible research questions and eventually narrowed it down to one. Our group decided on this question above, not only because it had nothing to do with birds or what-so-ever but it related to science and nature for a couple of reasons. How worms decompose various items and get rid of the plant waste that is left everywhere.


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