City of
Madison

District 1

Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

Contact Information

Home Address:

1209 Dayflower Drive
Madison , WI 53719

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Harrington-McKinney’s Updates

INVITATION TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PONDS IN OUR COMMUNITY

June 28, 2016 7:21 PM

Hello all.

I'm Robert Bohanan and live in Valley Ridge. I'm also a scientist at UW Madison that studies the long term ecology of lakes, ponds, streams and rivers. For the last 10 years most of my research has emphasized the ecology of urban and metropolitan waters, especially engineered ponds. The most satisfying aspect of that research for the past 7 years has been the participation of schools and neighborhoods in what is recognized nationally as a fairly unique approach to citizens participating in science or citizen science. What is unusual is that not only do citizens help collect data, but more uniquely and more importantly, they use the data to guide decision making in their neighborhoods. Our experience has been that neighborhoods help guide the development of research based on questions they have about the ecology of their neighborhood. Our project measures water quality in a variety of ways such as water clarity, habitat quality and dragonflies. Over the past 5 years we have seen as many as 20 different species of these amazing critters. If you're just interested in learning more and or interested in participating by sharing dragonflies you may see out on walks, I'll be at the pond on the bicycling, walking path that begins at the intersection of Starr Grass Dr / Wood Reed Dr from 2-3 PM July 2 and 9. Feel free to bring children / grandchildren. Bring binoculars if you like, but they aren't necessary. I've added photos of a few examples. I can guarantee that you will leave able to confidently identify at least 10 species of dragonflies.

Thank you Robert

Alder McKinney





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