Meet the Foxes of Silicon Valley
Together they have formed the Urban Wildlife Research Project (UWRP), and their work has documented a group of urban foxes, detailing scientifically important behaviors such as the “fox kiss” greeting, communal raising of young, and complicated territorial behaviors. Admittedly, their research subjects are also endearing. Meet some of the family of foxes they study:
PaleBeyond documenting the behavior of the foxes, Bill and Greg have been tracking their occurrences around the bay with a grand vision in mind—to create a comprehensive San Francisco Bay Area Wildlife Corridor to ensure the protection of the region’s rich natural heritage.
Examples abound of wildlife trying to adapt to urban spaces in Silicon Valley, such as a family of foxes making a home on the Facebook campus, peregrine falcons nesting on the eighteenth floor of San Jose City Hall, and beavers returning to the downtown area of the Guadalupe River Parkway after a 150 year absence. Yet these isolated wildlife success stories aren’t enough. Without connectivity, wildlife has a precarious future in Silicon Valley and beyond.
National Wildlife Federation is proud to announce a new partnership with UWRP to support their important research with gray foxes, burrowing owls, beavers and other area wildlife to map, protect, and enhance the wildlife corridors that they use to travel from one region to another.
Watch a video about this exciting new project between UWRP and NWF: