Copperwood, Westside, Lethbridge

Copperwood, Westside, Lethbridge

I am a graduate student at the University of Lethbridge interested in documenting urban wildlife within Lethbridge city limits. My project involves capturing images of animals such as coyotes, deer, rabbits, raccoons, skunks (and other nocturnal explorers) in people’s backyards using trail cameras (weatherproof cameras that are motion triggered).

The goal is to invite Lethbridgians to become “citizen scientists” involved in mapping the variety of species with which we share our city.  What animals are thriving is close proximity to us? Where are the densest populations of these urban dwellers? And what do their movements through our backyards, parks, and alleys tell us about not only them, but also ourselves?

If you suspect there may be critters visiting your property during the day and/or night, and would like to participate in the project, please contact Leila Armstrong at backyardwilderness@shaw.ca.  The process involves the placement a trail camera on your property for a period of fourteen days to a month (return visits during other seasons may be possible).  We will consult directly with you regarding the exact location of the camera on your property and how best to mount it in your yard.