Conservation & Science Staff Bios

Mason Fidino

  Coordinator of Wildlife Management
Urban Wildlife Institute


  • B.S. – Environmental Science with an Emphasis in Terrestrial Ecology, Western Washington University
  • Ph.D. student – Ecology and Evolution, Brown Lab, University of Illinois at Chicago

Areas of Expertise

  • Ornithology
  • Urban wildlife ecology
  • Program R

About Mason Fidino:

Mason first began conservation and ecology work in 2006. Since then he has aided in numerous studies, from collecting clams and fish in the Columbia River to coring trees and identifying birds on the mountains of Washington. Mason completed his undergraduate education at Western Washington University in 2009. After a year-long stay in Dublin, Ireland, he moved to Chicago and began working at Lincoln Park Zoo.

As coordinator of wildlife management at the Urban Wildlife Institute, Mason has the opportunity to conduct numerous studies on zoo grounds to assess the biodiversity of the area and help inform zoo management decisions. If he’s not up to his neck in black-crowned night herons you can catch him conducting bird counts, trapping turtles and collecting arthropods (insects, spiders, etc.) at Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo. Mason often blogs about the variety of wildlife he encounters at Nature Boardwalk.

Additionally, Mason oversees the historical analysis of Lincoln Park’s bird species. While more data needs to be collected before beginning the analysis, he’s interested in how birds' phenologies have responded to climate change and how the migratory community has dealth with 100 years of urbanization. As a Ph.D. student, Mason is adding additional skills to his analytical tool belt to analyze the data he has been collecting with the Urban Wildlife Institute.