Blog — April 13, 2012

Urban wildlife was the topic du jour on the April 6th edition of Science Friday, an NPR show dedicated to, you guessed it, science. During a segment called ‘Taking a Walk on New York’s Wild Side,’ host Ira Flatow was joined by five New York City-area wildlife professionals in the American Museum of Natural History as they discussed everything from the surprising biodiversity of the City to wildlife education for New Yorkers. There’s no need to fret if you missed the broadcast, you can find it online along with more information about Ira Flatow’s panel of experts.

Last Friday’s show also featured a small segment on the growing population of coyotes in the New York City boroughs. During the broadcast Flatow spoke with guest Flora Lichtman about the thriving coyote population in NYC, and about a video that has been posted on the Science Friday website that features Brooklyn-based wildlife biologist Mark Weckel, who has been studying these coyotes. For more information on these surprising City inhabitants check out ‘The Last Frontier’ an article from our very own in-house publication, The Wildlife Professional.

The Wildlife Society has a long history with urban wildlife studies, dating back to the 1960′s and the founding of what is now called the Urban Wildlife Working Group. Tell us: what’s the most surprising species of wildlife found in your nearest urban center?

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