Living with Urban Wildlife: Ready or Not!

posted Thursday, May 4, 2017        

May General Meeting
When: May 9, 2017 Doors open 5:30 p.m. Program begins at 6:00

You don’t have to go far in Tucson for wildlife encounters. Right in the center of the city, we’ve all seen coyotes trotting down the street, watched hawks circling gracefully overhead, and heard that distinctive rattle that brings all motion to a halt. We see bobcats lounging in the back yard, share our gardens (though not by choice) with everything from javelina to ground squirrels, and laugh at the lizards doing push-ups. We’re already living with wildlife throughout out urban area.

But changes in climate and habitat — including on-going development in once-wild areas — are bringing increasing numbers of wildlife into the city. And with the changing numbers, we are faced with the need to change our relationship with these new “neighbors.” So how can we all live together, safely and calmly, in ways that respect and protect all?

Join us to explore this question at Sustainable Tucson’s May General Meeting, “Living with Urban Wildlife: Ready or Not!” Our panelists will share insights and suggestions, looking at current conditions and looking ahead a bit at expected changes in numbers and kinds of encounters. There will be plenty of time to ask questions and share ideas.

Speakers include:
• Erin Sol, Environmental Education Program Specialist, Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation
• Sergio Avila, Conservation Research Scientist, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
• Dr. Michael Rosenzweig, Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona
• Jennie MacFarland, Bird Conservation Biologist & Tucson Bird Count Coordinator, Tucson Audubon Society

When: May 9, 2017 Doors open 5:30 p.m. Program begins at 6:00
Where: Ward 6 Office, 3202 E. 1st St. (one block east of Country Club, one block south of Speedway)



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