Presentation Title

Our Wild Neighbors: Exploring the connection between Portland's people and wildlife

Presenter(s) Information

Erica L. PattersonFollow

Start Date

2-3-2020 2:10 PM

End Date

2-3-2020 2:20 PM

Abstract

The Urban Wildlife Information Network (UWIN) is a rapidly expanding, international effort to better understand the effect of urban density on wildlife across the U.S. and Canada. Originating eight years ago with the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, IL, today 23 participating cities employ a standardized monitoring protocol that captures wildlife data using trail cameras placed along transects that span a gradient of urban density. Network cities have used the data collected to further research, inform local policy and engage community scientists as well as compare data across municipalities.

Portland, Oregon is set to be the next member of the UWIN network. Over the last two years a collaborative effort between Portland State University, Portland Audubon, Samara Group and the Oregon Wildlife Foundation have laid the groundwork to add Portland to the UWIN map. The team has been working to establish camera monitoring transects that extend east and west of downtown Portland. To date 15 cameras have been deployed, documenting roughly 20 species including (coyote, skunk, racoon, and mule deer). The UWIN effort has also engaged PSU students, Audubon interns, and other community members enhancing local knowledge of urban wildlife and monitoring techniques. The team continues to make headway in adding cameras and monitoring locations with the ultimate goal of 30 sites. The UWIN program is a valuable addition to urban wildlife research both locally and internationally.

Subjects

Environmental education, Habitat assessment, Wildlife biology

Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/33853

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Our Wild Neighbors: Exploring the connection between Portland's people and wildlife

The Urban Wildlife Information Network (UWIN) is a rapidly expanding, international effort to better understand the effect of urban density on wildlife across the U.S. and Canada. Originating eight years ago with the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, IL, today 23 participating cities employ a standardized monitoring protocol that captures wildlife data using trail cameras placed along transects that span a gradient of urban density. Network cities have used the data collected to further research, inform local policy and engage community scientists as well as compare data across municipalities.

Portland, Oregon is set to be the next member of the UWIN network. Over the last two years a collaborative effort between Portland State University, Portland Audubon, Samara Group and the Oregon Wildlife Foundation have laid the groundwork to add Portland to the UWIN map. The team has been working to establish camera monitoring transects that extend east and west of downtown Portland. To date 15 cameras have been deployed, documenting roughly 20 species including (coyote, skunk, racoon, and mule deer). The UWIN effort has also engaged PSU students, Audubon interns, and other community members enhancing local knowledge of urban wildlife and monitoring techniques. The team continues to make headway in adding cameras and monitoring locations with the ultimate goal of 30 sites. The UWIN program is a valuable addition to urban wildlife research both locally and internationally.