That wild city life

By Connie Orcutt • Published: August 1st, 2015
Category: Animal Airwaves

These days, many urban dwellers appreciate the connection to nature that’s part of sharing their landscape with wildlife. But forging that connection means making compromises.

For example, many cities along bird migratory routes have “lights out at night” policies for buildings that present collision hazards. Some structures, like the stunning Aqua Tower in Chicago, are designed with bird-safe architectural features — including non-reflective glass.

To help create an urban circuit for wildlife, Berlin is adding greenways that connect parks and other natural spaces.

But if wild creatures get too close for comfort, it’s also nice to know that rescue services can leap into action. For example, the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue department gets so many calls about snakes that it has its own venom response unit.

It looks like there’s a whole new meaning of wild city life.