Between conference hosting and presentations, educational programs, and research reports, WildMetro is busy advocating and publicizing wild New York City. Furthermore, WildMetro may soon expand to other major cities in the United States: WildMetro Albuquerque!

Please view our news pages on the EcoMetropolis conference, the upcoming Urban Ecology conference, the upcoming WildMetro Course in Field Techniques, and our afterschool Y-Explorers program conducted in conjunction with the 92nd Street Y. Finally, our Small Mammals Research report was recently submitted to the National Park Service and to several other organizations.

Recent news

Coyote Sighting

For the second time in history, a coyote was reported in Central Park. After roaming the park for two days, it was captured by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation on the morning of Wednesday, March 22, 2006 to be relocated to a wildlife rehabiliation center in upstate New York. WildMetro supports these relocation efforts. "Central Park is not a safe or appropriate place for coyotes," said Katherine Mertes, Research Coordinator for WildMetro. For more information, please see WildMetro's full press release.


Great Cormorant and Manhattan Skyline

Small Mammal Research Report

WildMetro releases report on small mammal density and diversity

WildMetro recently submitted our Small Mammal Research Report to agencies that had supported our research efforts (the National Park Service, Friends of Marshlands in Rye, NY, Black Rock Forest in Cornwall, NY, and NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation). This report combines data from 2004 and 2005 to provide a preliminary picture of small mammal communities in the New York Metropolitan region.

WildMetro plans to continue small mammal surveys, with the ultimate goal of determining the dynamics of small mammal communities in native and artificial habitats subject to varying levels of urbanization in the New York City area. We also plan to use this information to inform and improve local environmental management and advocacy efforts, and to integrate these results into our after-school and general education programs.

A more detailed abstract and the full report are available.


Grey squirrel in New York City