UWRP’s Bill Leikam and Greg Kerekez track Gray Fox families through the marshes of the South San Francisco Bay, along the urban creek corridors and into the surrounding mountains to gain an understanding of how this basal canid is adapting to increasingly urban environments like Silicon Valley.
Partners in this project include the City of Palo Alto, California Fish and Wildlife, California National Wildlife Federation, and CuriOdyssey.
UWRP is also making strides in the understanding of the behavior of the Gray Fox. Bill Leikam’s unique research provides a window into the life of this illusive wild dog. The research on the Urban adaptation of the Gray Fox and their behavior will be highlighted in a documentary, “A Year With The Gray Fox”.
They’ll follow fox families from pup rearing to maturation, from inside the den and out into the marsh. Witness mother and father fox teach their young how to survive in the ever changing landscape. Experience their tenderness, their playfulness, their curiosity, and tenacity. As the pups become independent they will put their parents teachings to the test. Bill and Greg will follow the young fox’s into the winter, when they disperse from the den to explore the world in search for a mate. Puppyhood is short lived and at beginning of next spring they will have pups of their own, thus beginning another Year with the Gray Fox.
Watch another interview with Bill Leikam below-
Bill Leikam talks about his first experience with the Gray Fox along the Southern San Francisco Bay. He also tells the story of some amazing footage captured by their first trail camera. Visit http://www.uwrp.wordpress.com to learn more about Bill’s research
UWRP and Silicon Valley’s Gray Foxes in the news:
Mother Nature Network- http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/urban-foxes-silicon-valley-going-high-tech
National Wildlife Federation- http://blog.nwf.org/2015/09/meet-the-foxes-of-silicon-valley/
Bay Nature- https://baynature.org/articles/on-the-trail-of-the-surprisingly-mysterious-gray-fox/