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December 17, 2014
Tag, You're It!

Since the launch of Chicago Wildlife Watch, almost 250,000 tags have been committed to the first season of available data. This is a huge amount of information, and Urban Wildlife Institute researchers thought it was about time to start visualizing it! As a first pass, it’s probably a good idea to take a look at what people have been tagging.

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October 3, 2014
Bound for Polar Bear Town

I’m not the kind of girl who owns long underwear. Considering I’ve spent most of my career teaching children and families about nature, it’s kind of ironic that I don’t spend more time outdoors. But I’ve recently bought my first set of “base layer” clothing (the updated version of long underwear) in anticipation of my upcoming journey to polar bear town: Churchill, Manitoba.

October 2, 2014
Field Work in the City

When you think of an ecologist or biologist working in the field, your mind summons up images of expansive and remote natural environments, far from even the smallest town, Wi-Fi signal or coffee shop. You think of the days of travel it takes to get there, logistics, bug spray and how bright the stars must be without all that light pollution.

September 28, 2014
Help Fight Rabies a World Away
September 24, 2014
World Rabies Day - Serengeti

With World Rabies Day happening on September 28, researcher Anna Czupryna gives an overview of how the zoo is fighting the disease halfway across the world.

September 7, 2014
Serengeti Initiative Update

Summer is nearly over and we at the Serengeti Health Initiative have enjoyed our own “dog days of summer.” We’ve vaccinated over 27,000 dogs for rabies, distemper and parvovirus so far this year and there are still plenty more to go!

August 27, 2014
A Community Census

Back to Montana

I recently traveled to Montana with Mary Beth Manjerovic to continue our partnership with the Northern Cheyenne Reservation community.

August 27, 2014
Northern Cheyenne Dogs Days of Summer

Back in December, we ventured to southeast Montana to get a better idea of the free-roaming dog population wandering the streets of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Lame Deer, Montana.

July 14, 2014
Back in the Field to Save Black-Footed Ferrets

Before this spring, it had been almost eight years since I had done black-footed ferret fieldwork! So I was excited to head back into the wild in March. After all, beyond helping a critically endangered species, there’s nothing like being out on the prairie in the middle of the night.

May 19, 2014
The Color of Money

Sustainable logging (look for the FSC label!) may offer a way to save habitat for gorillas and chimpanzees outside protected areas in the Republic of Congo. Zoo scientist Dave Morgan is learning more.

March 25, 2014
Family Planning for Puerto Rican Parrots

To help the endangered Puerto Rican parrot, I recently took my everyday scientific advising of animal populations from my Chicago office to the dense, green rainforests of Puerto Rico. My colleagues at Lincoln Park Zoo and I have been working with the dedicated staff at two aviaries in on the island since 2006, making a perfect match of our population management expertise and their husbandry skills.

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