The Urban Wildlife Information Network
The Urban Wildlife Information Network works to provide city planners, wildlife managers, and researchers with the tools needed to make cities part of the solution to the biodiversity crisis.
Cities are rapidly expanding, with people moving to urban areas at higher rates than ever before. Cities are also home to wildlife, which gives urban residents opportunities to connect with the natural world. The challenge is to bring people and animals together while working to reduce human-wildlife conflict. To truly understand how urban wildlife interact with urban residents more broadly, researchers need data from all around the world.
The Urban Wildlife Information Network (UWIN), coordinated by Lincoln Park Zoo’s Urban Wildlife Institute, is an alliance of ecologists and educators across the globe. Members of the network use shared methods to collect data on how wildlife adapt to and use cities. Developed at Lincoln Park Zoo, protocols involving camera trapping and other monitoring methods are employed at each city in the network.
By comparing data, researchers can understand differences in animal behavior across regions and find patterns that remain consistent around the world. UWIN works to provide city planners, wildlife managers, and researchers with the tools needed to make cities part of the solution to the biodiversity crisis.
UWIN is always accepting inquiries and proposals for institutions to join the network.