Friday, February 26, 2010

migratory bird and bat research in southeastern Wisconsin

2010 will be the fifth year for MCAMMP, the Milwaukee County Avian Migration Monitoring Partnership. MCAMMP studies migratory bird stopover ecology on stopover sites in Milwaukee County, using banding, transect counts, vegetation sampling and analysis, and GIS (Geographic Information Systems). MCAMMP is driven by a research team of ten scientists, and has trained over 150 citizen science volunteers. This year, MCAMMP will begin to add to our research agenda and study other taxa on our 8 study sites. We will gather information on bats, utilizing acoustic monitoring technology as part of the Wisconsin Bat Monitoring Program. There is an urgent need for more information on distribution, abundance, movements and other aspects of the ecology of bats. The Wisconsin Bat Monitoring Program, directed by WDNR bat ecologist Dave Redell, is expanding its research throughout Wisconsin.

If you're interested in volunteering, and/or would like to learn more about our research, come to the annual MCAMMP Workshop at Milwaukee's Urban Ecology Center on April 18th, from 1:30 to 4:00 PM. For more information, and to register for the workshop, call Tim Vargo, Manager of Research and Citizen Science, Urban Ecology Center, at 414-964-8505. Or contact any of the research team members - see contact information and more details at the MCAMMP webpage, or contact me at

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