Collaboration for the Greater Good

In honor of Earth Day, we, the executive directors of four local nature & ecology centers, have come together to host a talk with Gordon Hempton, Emmy-award winning acoustic ecologist and author. Having circled the globe in pursuit of the Earth’s rarest natural sounds, Mr. Hempton offers a new take on conservation: preserving the quiet places in the world.

Mr. Hempton will speak at Mequon Nature Preserve on April 22 at 7:00 p.m. and will provide a private ‘Sound Tour’ of the lands managed by Milwaukee’s four non-profit nature centers in the days following for donors to the newly launched Collaborative Fund.

The April 22nd talk is open to the public.  For more information, visit our calendar of events.

We are excited about this opportunity to communicate our shared interests. With unique geography, flora, and fauna, each nature center in Greater Milwaukee contributes to an understanding of the larger ecosystem of southeastern Wisconsin. Where Schlitz Audubon Nature Center has Lake Michigan, Urban Ecology Center has the Milwaukee River. Where Mequon Nature Preserve has the start of a restored prairie and pristine wetlands, Riveredge has a mature native Wisconsin prairie and forest. Our differences are our strengths; each of us represents a unique slice of wild Wisconsin. And, yet, as unique as we are, we are unified by a common goal to connect people to the natural world.

There is more to come on this collaboration and its goals for making a difference throughout southeast Wisconsin.

If you have ideas you’d like to share, feel free to contact one of the Executive Directors at any of the participating nature centers.   I, for one, would love to hear your ideas on how our joint efforts can be best used to promote positive change in our communities.

– Jessica Jens, Riveredge Nature Center Executive Director, 262-416-1068

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