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!

 

Upcoming Citizen Science Opportunities

Water Quality Monitoring
Thursday April 13 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Our water quality monitoring program will focus on identifying the presence of key indicator species in various wetlands on the property. We will look for amphibians in all stages of their life cycles, along with aquatic invertebrates, such as Fairy Shrimp and crayfish. Additionally, we will monitor the physical properties of our wetlands to document changes occurring over time.
Registration is required. To register call 414-352-2880 x0
Free with membership or admission.

Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey
Spring and Summer | Dates TBD

The Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey (WFTS) is a citizen-based monitoring program coordinated by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program (NAAMP). The primary purpose of the WFTS is to determine the status, distribution, and long-term population trends of Wisconsin’s twelve frog and toad species. Participants will learn to identify frogs by sound as this activity takes place starting around sunset.
Registration is required. To register call 414-352-2880 x0
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 take 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.

 

Citizen Science at the Center

Birds
Plants
Amphibians, Reptiles, and Fish
Insects
Water
Mammals