How Wildlife Survives in the City
It’s not easy to be a wild animal living in the city. Human development creates many challenges for wildlife and they must find a way to adapt in order to persist. In spite of this, our communities are filled with amazing species and breathtaking natural areas that are worthy of celebration and protection. Rachel’s presentation discussed the unique dynamics of urban ecosystems, how the fascinating creatures that live in urban areas manage to survive, and why they are so important.
This year Rachel and the TPWD have created the DFW Urban Wildlife Research project in conjunction with the Urban Wildlife Information Network (urbanwildlifeinfo.org). April 2021 was the first sampling session. Camera traps are setup 4 times a year in Tarrant and nearby counties in order to see what wildlife are present. The first session captured photos of the wildlife you’d expect, such as coyotes, foxes, deer, and raccoons. There were some nice surprises as well – the downtown FW camera captured an eastern spotted skunk and later a ringtail – both unusual sights in north Texas. The next sampling period starts in July. Anyone interested in helping with photo review is welcome to contact Rachel via email: Rachel.email@example.com.
Rachel is an Urban Wildlife Biologist for Texas Parks and Wildlife in DFW. She has a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Texas A&M and a master’s degree in Wildlife Ecology from Texas State. As an Urban Wildlife Biologist, she focuses on making our communities more wildlife-friendly through educational outreach and providing technical guidance.