Ecology in an urban setting
Urban areas are being increasingly recognized as valuable habitat for wildlife as well as excellent opportunities for environmental education.
Top predators are often the first wildlife to disappear from urban areas because they need lots of space, people may harm them out of fear or misunderstanding, or they may not be able to find their typical prey.
South Florida is one of the most biodiverse metropolises in the United States. Miami-Dade County, for example, is the only county in the contiguous United States with two national parks. But it is also home to more than 2.5 million people.
Very few studies have examined how native wildlife is adapting to urbanization in South Florida.
This study will focus on how the Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) adapts to urbanization because it lives in South Florida year-round (no migration) and inhabits both the urban areas and protected conservation lands.