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Record #: R2016-517   
Type: Resolution Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 6/22/2016 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Health and Environmental Protection
Final action:
Title: Call for Urban Wildlife Institute to conduct study on state of urban wildlife in City of Chicago
Sponsors: Smith, Michele
Topic: COMMITTEE/PUBLIC HEARINGS - Committee on Health and Environmental Protection
Attachments: 1. R2016-517.pdf
Related files: R2019-362




WHEREAS, People in the United States of America are increasingly living in urban centers, such as Chicago, and these centers are continuing to expand at a rapid pace; and


WHEREAS, Ecologists have realized that increasing amounts of wildlife co-exist in these urban centers, and further study was required to gauge these impacts of urban growth on wildlife; and


WHEREAS, The Lincoln Park Zoo formed the Urban Wildlife Institute in 2009, to ascertain new ways of applying science to the conservation and management of wildlife species in urban areas; and


WHEREAS, The Urban Wildlife Institute answered important questions such as the risk of disease wildlife poses to humans, the role of invasive plants in the ecosystem, and evaluating land use decisions and their impact on wildlife animal communities; and


WHEREAS, The City of Chicago was the first urban center used as a laboratory by the Urban Wildlife Institute to study the entire ecosystem and established a network of monitoring stations across the region to further this goal; and


WHEREAS, The stations use state-of-the-art methods of study, including motion-triggered cameras, insect sampling traps, sonic bat detectors, the installation of 125 cameras throughout the City resulting in 1.2 million images; and


WHEREAS, The results of this six year study have been compiled and are of tremendous value to the City; now, therefore

MICHELE SMITH Alderman, 43rd Ward


BE IT RESOLVED, That the Committee on Health and Environmental Protection calls upon the Urban Wildlife Institute to appear before the Committee and present the findings of their study.