An image captured by a motion-activated field camera of a fox staring into the distance

Chicago Wildlife Watch

An image captured by a motion-activated field camera of a skunk running through an urban area

Purpose

Zoos scientists have collected more than 1 million photos of Chicago-area wildlife, from coyotes to chipmunks. Now, they need the help of citizen scientists to ID the animals.

About

Since 2010, Lincoln Park Zoo’s Urban Wildlife Institute has collected more than 1 million photos of Chicago-area wildlife. Coyotes, turkeys, foxes, skunks and squirrels are among the species recorded via hundreds of motion-activated field cameras that range from the Loop to the suburbs.

But while the cameras automatically take the photos, people must ID the animals.

Lincoln Park Zoo, in partnership with Adler Planetarium’s Zooniverse, has created Chicago Wildlife Watch. This special citizen-science project collects all the Urban Wildlife Biodiversity Monitoring project’s photos in one place online, giving everyone a chance to ID the animals within—and help scientists understand which species make their homes in Chicagoland’s backyards.

Join the Cause

Give it a try—ID some Chicago animals now at chicagowildlifewatch.org!

Staff

Seth Magle, Ph.D.
Director
Urban Wildlife Institute
Liza Lehrer, M.S.
Assistant Director
Urban Wildlife Institute
Mason Fidino, Ph.D.
Quantitative Ecologist
Urban Wildlife Institute
Cria Kay, M.S.
Coordinator
Urban Wildlife Institute