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May 12, 2018, 1pm PDT
A new book on urban ecology shows how quickly wild species living in cities can adapt to their surroundings.
National Geographic
March 29, 2017, 2pm PDT
An article and video by Chicago PBS station WTTW explore San Francisco's uniquely ambitious approach to sharing the city with wildlife.
August 24, 2016, 8am PDT
Welcome to a post-human era of biological evolution. Strap on your seat belts.
The New York Times
May 6, 2015, 9am PDT
Animals are more than just guests or co-habitants in our cities, according to an article in New Scientist—they're a critical component of the infrastructure that keeps cities running.
New Scientist
August 30, 2012, 8am PDT
Pet ownership in the U.S. continues to hit record levels, and with the increasing interest in city living the number (and variety of designs) of dog runs in city parks has increased. Designers are utilizing a dog's-eye-view to serve their clients.
Metropolis Mag
September 1, 2011, 5am PDT
The amount of urban background noise is affecting the songs that birds sing to attract mates.
August 12, 2011, 7am PDT
Goats being used to clear brush on a hillside in downtown Los Angeles are a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly way to deal with overgrowth -- and they're attracting fans.
The New York Times
April 14, 2011, 6am PDT
Stray chickens have overrun many parts of New Orleans since it was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune
December 16, 2010, 6am PST
Highways can be deadly for animals, especially when they cut directly through habitats. A recently completed design competition sought ideas for creating animal-safe bridges over highways.
The Wall Street Journal
November 29, 2010, 12pm PST
As urban sprawl continues to encroach on what was once expansive habitat for mountain lions, the large predators have been involved in more encounters with humans in urban settings.
The San Francisco Chronicle
September 27, 2010, 7am PDT
Habitat fragmentation linked with urban sprawl and development has been shown to negatively impact biological diversity in animals, according to new research.
San Diego Union Tribune
February 19, 2010, 2pm PST
A small city outside of Bogota, Colombia, has been overrun by stray dogs. With more than 30,000 strays on the streets, the city's mayor is calling for them to be killed.
Los Angeles Times
January 22, 2010, 2pm PST
Casper, a cat from Plymouth, England who was frequently seen riding one of the town's bus lines, was tragically killed by a hit-and-run driver.
The Herald
May 22, 2009, 7am PDT
A redesign for an animal shelter in St. Louis works to make a space warmer and fuzzier than the usual pound to encourage adoption. HOK Architects, the pro bono designers, are pursuing a LEED Platinum rating for the pet palace.
Jetson Green
March 12, 2009, 11am PDT
Vancouver is following the example of American cities such as Portland and Seattle in allowing backyard chicken coops.
The Globe and Mail
January 25, 2009, 9am PST
Light reflecting from streets and glass buildings in cities have been found in a recent study to disrupt animal behavior.