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Wednesday, January 31 • 11:40am - 12:00pm
SYMPOSIA-15: Community and Conservation: Studying Urban Wetland Biodiversity in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin

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AUTHORS. Julia Robson

ABSTRACT. From 2008-2011, the Milwaukee County Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture’s (DPRC) Natural Areas Program worked to verify the presence of over 430 ephemeral wetland ecosystems within the Park System’s 10,000 acres of natural areas. These temporary wetlands serve as crucial breeding habitat for various species of unique, and often rare, wetland wildlife including salamanders, frogs, and primary burrowing crayfish. With limited staff time and resources, the DPRC looked towards employing the use of citizen-science in order to gain a better understanding of what wildlife species were utilizing these ephemeral wetlands throughout Milwaukee County’s very urban Park System. In 2014, the DPRC received funding to create a citizen-based wetland monitoring program, which resulted in the discovery of several rare amphibian populations, as well as the rarest crayfish in the state of Wisconsin. Join us for a discussion on how Milwaukee County Park’s award-winning Natural Areas Program utilized citizen-science to monitor wetland wildlife and learn more about our unique findings!

Wednesday January 31, 2018 11:40am - 12:00pm CST