We’ve talked at length about how important Coyote Valley is for wildlife, for agriculture, and for groundwater, but did you know it’s also important for science? Like many biodiversity hotspots large and small, Coyote Valley has been the subject of scientific studies tracking its creatures and their habitats. One of the most comprehensive efforts to collect research done on wildlife in Coyote Valley was the Landscape Linkage Report, a collaboration between the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority and the Conservation Biology Institute. The report drew on existing studies to show which areas of Coyote Valley show promise for conservation and restoration efforts and which are challenged by existing infrastructure such as highways.
Now, Pathways for Wildlife, a team of two wildlife biologists who have been documenting Coyote Valley’s fauna and their movements for years, are presenting new and exciting research on wildlife connectivity in Coyote Valley on TV! This Sunday at 6:30pm, NBC will be showing an episode of Open Road With Doug McConnell featuring Pathways for Wildlife and the research they conducted alongside partners Peninsula Open Space Trust, Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority, and Santa Clara Valley Habitat Agency. The research involved camera traps and GPS-enabled radio collars on bobcats, yielding an extremely accurate look at exactly how animals traverse Coyote Valley and the challenges they face making their way across multiple roads.
The more scientific research can be collected on Coyote Valley and its remarkable wildlife, the better we can understand the challenges we face saving the Valley and the more we can design and implement solutions that will allow people, animals, and the environment to coexist in harmony. We hope that publicizing the research going on in Coyote Valley inspires more people to get involved with efforts to protect this unique place.
Tune in to NBC at 6:30pm this Sunday, March 10 to see Coyote Valley’s wildlife and the people who know it best on TV!
About Protect Coyote Valley
The Protect Coyote Valley campaign is led by Committee for Green Foothills and supported by Greenbelt Alliance, Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful, Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter, SAGE — Sustainable Agriculture Education, and the Land Trust of Santa Clara Valley. It aims to preserve Coyote Valley, San Jose as open space that offers flood-buffering wetlands, an essential wildlife habitat and migratory area, and active farmlands.