Urban Wildlife Research Project

The mission of the Urban Wildlife Research Project is to document gray fox behavior in the Palo Alto Baylands region in order to establish healthy habitats and develop the biodiverse wildlife corridors necessary for their survival. As a result, UWRP helps San Francisco Bay area people and wild nature coexist through research, advocacy and public education.

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The Book & the Urban Wildlife Research Project

Background Bits

After struggling with the manuscript for over nine years, I finally pulled together what I considered the final manuscript and sent it to Di Angelo Publications, with the hopes that they might publish it. When they let me know that they had accepted it, I cried out, “Yes, yes, oh my God yes.” While working with one of their editors, Mr. Cody Wootton, we cut, reorganized and smoothed out the narrative so that we could all feel good about the final product and we gave it a name. We chose to title it The Road to Fox Hollow because Fox Hollow is where my study of their behavior began. The photo on the cover is the gray fox that I named Laimos (Greek for long neck) making an about turn out along the trail in early morning. Read More..

Gray Fox Report for March 2022

Encounters: Well Now, Who Are You?

The overflow channel was wet from the rain that had fallen the night before. The female gray fox Big Eyes cautiously approached the feral cat Blackie, sniffed him, then carefully turned and trotted away. Read More….

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What We Do


SF Bay Area Wildlife Corridor
Our vision is a San Francisco Bay Area Wildlife Corridor. UWRP notes that as population, development, and sea level increases, read more…..

Gray Foxes of Silicon Valley
UWRP’s Bill Leikam and Greg Kerekez track Gray Fox families through the marshes of the South San Francisco Bay, along the urban   read more…..

Research
The Urban Wildlife Research Project of Silicon Valley will complete an in-depth study of the effects that Urbanization has on the critical regions read more…..

Burrowing Owls of the South Bay
In the Santa Clara Valley there are many signs that our ecosystems are in danger. One major indicator is a species of bird that is vanishing from our basin at an alarming rate.  read more…..

Beavers in Downtown San Jose, CA
After over 150 years of extirpation in Santa Clara Valley, a family of California Golden Beavers have inhabited a stretch of the Guadalupe River in Downtown San Jose, California.  read more…..

Herbicides: Impacts and Alternatives
Our exploration of Santa Clara County’s city streets, and open spaces have led us to discover some environmentally unfriendly practices being conducted by residents, cities, and government entities in our area.  read more…..

Feeding the Feral: A Study on Feral Cat’s Environmental Impact
Feral Cats on the prowl, an all to frequent sight while documenting urban wildlife. Some cast aside by their human owners, others born wild on the city streets, creeks, and open spaces.  read more…..

Palo Alto’s Anaerobic Digester Plant to Displace Gray Foxes
The wildlife in the gray fox research study area at the bay lands is in danger. The City of Palo Alto is delaying the capping of the landfill and the expansion/restoration of Byxbee Park so that it can assess the feasibility of installing an anaerobic digester.  read more…..

Rodenticide: Impacts and Alternatives
The food chain is sacred, continual, and encompassing. Rodenticides are a major threat to food chains around the world. read more…..

Trial Camera Footage

Wildlife Behavior Analysis | Gray Fox Playfulness and “Hugging” Behaviors

Bay Area Wildlife Habitats Are Disappearing. Fox Guy Has A Plan.

Wildlife Behavior Analysis | Red Fox Sightings

Interviews

The Gray Fox Die-Off of 2016

Wildlife Behavior Analysis | Gray Fox ‘Laimos’ Shows Off

More Trial Camera Footage

Bill Leikam “The Fox Guy” | A Year With The Urban Gray Fox [2017]

Lectures

Corridors & Linkages: Sustaining the Health of All Wildlife

Presentations-Guided Hikes-Out Reach
Urban Wildlife Research Project has made education a focus of their mission. Their goal is to share the knowledge they’ve gained about the wild, to instill a greater sense of responsibility in the current and upcoming generations, so the wildlife diversity of Silicon Valley may persist with time.   read more…..