Citizen Science at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Schlitz Audubon has more than 40 years of experience in engaging our members, neighbors, and organizations in what is called Citizen Science. Citizen Scientists help catalog data about the land, as well as the plants and animals who call it home throughout the year or during migration. This can provide information about the health of flora and fauna, and which species may require more in-depth exploration or conservation. At Schlitz Audubon this vital data about birds, plants, amphibians, trees, and other species actively informs our land management staff’s restoration efforts. The Center leads or assists in obtaining and cataloging data both on our property and at off-site locations.
Citizen Science Efforts at the Center
Wisconsin’s Citizen Science Legacy
Wisconsin has a rich history of scientific research and collaboration with the citizen population. Before moving out west and starting the Sierra Club, John Muir grew up in Marquette County about 2 hours northwest of Schlitz Audubon. Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac, a year-long journal of seasonal observations at his homestead near Baraboo, continues to inform new generations of environmentalists. John Curtis’ Prairie at the UW-Madison Arboretum is the world’s oldest restored prairie and continues to be maintained by students and volunteers. Wisconsin serves as the junction point between forest and grassland biomes, and can provide vital indicators about the health of both habitats.
Schlitz Audubon participated in a BioBlitz at Grant Park on Saturday, June 11. View the results through Milwaukee Public Museum.
In August 2015, Milwaukee Public Museum led a 24-hour BioBlitz of our property. Many citizen volunteers were guided by scientists to discover what lived on our property at this point in time.We found more than 700 species on the property and the results can be found here.