The Urban Wildlife Information Network (UWIN) is a partnership of researchers all around the country who use the wildlife monitoring protocols we created here in Chicago to understand the ecology and behavior of their own urban wildlife species.
We live on an urbanizing planet. Cities are built for people but house wildlife as well, including species that have always been at home in urban areas (for example, pigeons, squirrels, and mice) and those that have adapted to cities more recently (for example, coyotes, foxes, and raptors).
Since 2010, the Urban Wildlife Institute has conducted a groundbreaking study of Chicago’s urban ecosystem, using camera traps and acoustic monitors to track the behavior of bats, birds, coyotes and even humans. Now we’re coordinating something much larger in scope: a nationwide network called the Urban Wildlife Information Network (UWIN).
Every city around the world has wildlife, and that means we have enormous opportunities to create habitat for animals and reduce conflict between wildlife and people. But to understand urban wildlife around the world, we have to work around the world.
UWIN is a partnership of researchers across the country who use the wildlife-monitoring protocols we created here in Chicago to understand the ecology and behavior of their own urban wildlife species. By comparing our data, we can understand why animals in different cities behave differently, and what patterns hold true around the world. This knowledge is what we need to build smarter, greener cities that can be part of the solution to the biodiversity crisis.
Los Angeles, California: National Parks Service
Fort Collins, Colorado: Colorado State University
Denver, Colorado: University of Colorado
Manhattan, Kansas: Kansas State University
Austin, Texas: St. Edwards University
Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin
Indianapolis, Indiana: Butler University