The Elusive California Urban Gray Fox; Socializing and More!

In the last half a century, the Silicon Valley has grown from vast expanses of open space and orchards, to a metropolis of high technology. Urban Sprawl has changed the landscape, and our wildlife populations have been condensed, diminished, and threatened. Over 140 species of bird and 39 species of butterfly still rely on our Valley’s natural landscape for their food, water, and shelter.

One of the more elusive inhabitants of the Valley is the California Gray Fox. Bill Leikam, local Grey Fox Expert, will share photos and stories of the Gray Fox, as part of his work with the Urban Wildlife Research Project to document these seldom seen mammals of the Silicon Valley.

Come learn about the effects of Urbanization on the critical wildlife habitats that must be recognized and preserved, including the remaining open spaces, creeks, and rivers that are

the wildlife thoroughfares which must be protected and improved upon for the wildlife to endure.

As part of the program, you'll find out about some upcoming Walk and Talks led by Bill at the Don Edwards Park in the coming weeks, and gain a set of tools that will allow you to determine if gray foxes are present wherever you happen to be in the United States. Find out what makes gray foxes more unique than all of the foxes in the world!

We'll enjoy a light meal (pizza is back!), including fruit and more, and have a brief socializing session starting at 6:30 pm, with the formal program beginning about 7 pm, wrapping up the evening about 8:30 pm.

Learn how you can make a difference in protecting these beautiful creatures. Find out what we can do to protect other endangered fox populations as well.

Admission is free, but donations at the door are gratefully accepted to help us defray food costs.

RSVP's are strongly encouraged to help us better plan for seating and snacks too.  We look forward to seeing you!

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  • Sandra W.

    Excellent talk and photography. The speaker was knowledgeable, informative, and added some humor to the mix. Bill was very patient in answering questions.

    March 5, 2013

  • Mark R.

    A very nice presentation about an interesting (and adorable) animal

    March 5, 2013

  • Greg K.

    Presenter Bill Leikam covered many aspects of this fascinating species, his photos and videos were unique and inspiring.

    March 4, 2013

  • Austri

    The organizers were very welcoming, the light meal was excellently well rounded, and the speaker really was knowledgeable and enthusiastic about his topic. I am looking forward to next month's program.

    March 4, 2013

  • Laura R.

    Interesting, fun, and very worthwhile.

    March 4, 2013

  • Mark R.

    Guest is Laura Robichek

    February 25, 2013

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