Engaging Adult Minds

I’m glad to see that we had a great turnout last night for our Wine & Wildlife program, which focused on the zoo’s urban-wildlife studies. Guests sipped wine while learning about the impacts that the increased prevalence of species such as coyotes, deer and raccoons are having on our urban landscape.

The night focused on the work of Drs. Eric Lonsdorf and Seth Magle with the zoo’s Urban Wildlife Institute, who are using nearly 100 strategically placed motion-sensor cameras in green spaces throughout the city and suburbs to gather data about the variety and densities of wildlife living here.

Urban-wildlife research is so novel that Lincoln Park Zoo is truly breaking new ground and demonstrating a leadership role for city planning. As the scientists analyze the results of their findings, they will be able to provide city planners with necessary information to make pragmatic decisions aimed at reducing conflict between wildlife and people. I’m proud that our team is tackling this challenging area of study and I look forward to learning more about their findings in the years ahead.

The Wine & Wildlife program is just one example of the concerted effort the zoo has been making to advance educational outreach to adults. While Lincoln Park Zoo has always offered illuminating programs for the school-age set, we have a new emphasis on offering attractive education to adults, focusing on topics that stimulate minds in settings that spark socializing. 

Last night's event hit both our goals. For those who couldn’t make it, but are interested in learning more about urban wildlife studies, swing by Nature Boardwalk any day this summer. We’re offering free, daily educational programs every afternoon. These programs are designed to connect the community to nature.   

Check out a variety of adult-focused horticulture programs offered throughout summer, and also be sure to save the date for Wine & Wildflowers on Sept. 1, and Wine & Wildlife: Black-Footed Ferrets—Back from the Brink on Nov. 17.  

Until then, I'll keep you posted. 


Kevin Bell 


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