The Institute consists of are scientists, educators and attorneys who research urban ecosystems, provide information to urban residents and policymakers, and work with the public schools to protect and restore urban natural resources.
The Urban Ecology Institute currently manages three key programs:
Urban Ecology Field Studies: UEI studies engage students from urban public schools in the scientific process by combining the immediate relevancy of urban backyards with basic scientific research. Built upon the educational process of inquiry, each study is framed around the question: What is the Health of Boston's Urban Ecosystem? In the end, this synthesis of science, education and urban ecosystems creates interesting, relevant studies for students to conduct.
In a partnership with the BC Environmental Studies Program, the UEI sponsors an ongoing study on the behavior of eastern coyotes in suburban areas including Revere, Newton and Barnstable, Mass. The study has provided a wealth of previously unknown information about how these creatures move, socialize and live peacefully in ecosystems dominated by humans.
The Natural Cities Program: The Natural Cities Program is conducting the first inventory of the urban ecosystem surrounding Boston its trees, rivers, wildlife and open spaces to help urban residents and policymakers better understand and protect the area's threatened natural resources.
Community Forest Partnership: A healthy urban forest can transform neglected communities into vibrant communities, serve as a catalyst for restoring community social networks, provide significant environmental and public health benefits, and provide open spaces for recreation. The Community Forest Partnership provides opportunities for residents and community organizations in an
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