Citizen Science: Water

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Being located on Lake Michigan, our proximity to water informs everything we do at Schlitz Audubon. This includes our strategies for land management, rainwater retention, wetland habitat conservation, and so much more. Schlitz Audubon regularly and historically has participated in studies that contribute to a greater body of data regarding the health of the Lake Michigan, the Milwaukee River, wetlands, and our inland bodies of water. You can help by participating in Citizen Science at Schlitz Audubon!

 

Ways to Participate

Citizen Science: Crayfish
Saturday, October 8 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
Astacology is the study of crayfish: crawfish, crawdads, freshwater lobsters, or mudbugs. Crayfish are small, lobster-like characters with a huge personality. These creatures without backbones have an extremely important role in freshwater ecosystems. Urban natural spaces are at a higher risk for damage. This workshop will prepare you to collect data as you become a Crayfish Citizen Scientist! Additional dates will be communicated to participants.
Pre-registration is required. 
Free with membership or admission.

 

Year-round Programs

During The Great Lakes: Liquid of Life school program, student audiences learn about the value of freshwater and the importance of our Great Lakes. Students build a watershed on the beach, learn about water cycles, watersheds, pollution and prevention, native and invasive species of the Great Lakes, and the importance of preserving and protecting the world’s fresh water. Students “Adopt-a-Beach,” removing litter and recording the data, which is reported to the Alliance for the Great Lakes.

 

Historic or Recurring Citizen Science

For decades Schlitz Audubon has gathered data about water quality, aquatic species health, and population monitoring. Our studies that place in our wetlands help inform our habitat creation in the ponds, as well as the surrounding areas.

In conjunction with Ozaukee Fish Passage, Schlitz Audubon has assisted on multiple fish surveys in the Milwaukee River. During these studies, fish are temporarily paralyzed and quickly counted to assess a gauge of their population densities.