Riveredge has been at the forefront of academic, scientific, and citizen science research since the organization’s conception in the late 1960’s. It’s proximity to the Milwaukee River and it’s habitat diversity throughout the sanctuary allows for scientific discovery at all ages. Riveredge staff and volunteers contribute to many local, statewide and some national population citizen science initiatives. Riveredge has been, and is currently, involved with the Lake Sturgeon Reintroduction Project, a 20 year project of reintroducing lake sturgeon back into Lake Michigan, the Swamp Metalmark Butterfly Reintroduction Project, and various projects involving the introduction of the invasive emerald ash borer. We have been involved in several state-wide citizen science initiatives including water quality testing, ephemeral pond monitoring, MAPS bird banding and the WI Annual Christmas Bird Count. Would you like to be involved in our citizen science projects? Click HERE to find out how.
Over the past 5 years, we have partnered with the University of Wisconsin system and other colleges and universities conduct independent student research projects, as well as supply biology departments and classes with different taxonomic data (gathered at Riveredge) to be used in classroom exercises.
Student research since 2016 includes the following:
Management of an Even-aged Forest for Struggling Migrant Bird Species (Katherine Macco-Webster, 2016)
Field Assessments of Riveredge Creek Macroinvertebrate Populations (Caleb Jenks, 2016)
Detection of Lead in River Water Systems at Riveredge Nature Center (UW-Milwaukee Student, 2016)
Baseline Data for the Long-Term Monitoring of Forest Management Impacts on Understory, Overstory Composition and Coverage Across Forest Types at Riveredge Nature Center in Saukville, Wisconsin (2015)
Effects of White-tailed Deer Density and Browse Preference on Forest Regeneration in a Wisconsin Central Hardwoods Forest (2015)
The report below describes the research activities at Riveredge Nature Center undertaken from 1970-2000. These activities were undertaken primarily to provide information on the Riveredge Nature Center land and those who inhabit it such that informed decisions are made regarding the stewardship of the sanctuary. Some of the inventory activities also contribute to state or national inventory efforts.