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Invertebrate Research

Invertebrates (animals without backbones) are often good indicators of environmental health, which is especially important as the Center makes large-scale changes to the native plant communities at its branches. Community efforts are crucial in monitoring the effects of recently-created green spaces such as the Milwaukee Rotary Centennial Arboretum and Three Bridges Park on invertebrate communities. The Urban Ecology Center also participates in national projects, such as the Monarch Larvae Monitoring Project, Monarch Watch, and the 4th of July Butterfly Count.

If you are interested in helping the Urban Ecology Center with invertebrate research, please contact Maggie Steinhauer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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For more information on the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, please visit: www.mlmp.org

For more information on Monarchwatch, please visit: www.monarchwatch.org

For more information on the 4th of July Butterfly count please visit: http://www.naba.org/counts.html

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The Urban Ecology Center’s invertebrate research has received valuable funding from:

  • The Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes Research Initiative


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