Documenting gray fox behavior in the Palo Alto Baylands in order to identify and restore healthy habitats and develop the 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.
The long-standing goal of the Urban WIldlife Research Project is to restore habitats and corridors in the greater Palo Alto Baylands so that gray foxes and other wildlife may thrive alongside humans.
Twice a day since 2009, Bill Leikam “The Fox Guy” has been collecting trail camera data and directly observing gray foxes – all towards establishing more healthy environments for our urban wildlife neighbors that are suffering from shrinking space.
The "Triggered by Motion" Experience
a documentary by Jessica Hatfield
Triggered By Motion is a stunning video installation containing trail camera video data from 21 conservation projects worldwide — captured for an entire year, synchronized, and displayed in Museum für Gestaltung Zürich. Among them is research conducted by the Urban Wildlife Research Project’s very own Bill Leikam, who in April 2022 traveled all the way from California to Switzerland to see the breathtaking exhibition in person.
Trail Camera Footage
The Corridor Project
Designed to create a healthy environment for all wildlife.
Our vision is a San Francisco Bay Area Wildlife Corridor that connects various “islands” of gray fox territory with adjacent territories.
UWRP observes that as population, development, and sea level increases, it is crucial that wildlife thoroughfares are identified and preserved. To help maintain California’s natural genetic diversity, UWRP’s goal is to map, protect, and enhance the corridors that wildlife use to travel from one region to another.
We are partnering with other wildlife organizations and government agencies to research and link the wildlife corridors to create a San Francisco Bay Area Wildlife Corridor to ensure the protection of the region’s rich natural heritage.