ABOUT URBAN COYOTE INITIATIVE

Urban Coyote Initiative creates exceptional photos and films documenting the stories and science of urban coyotes across North America.

© Jaymi Heimbuch / Urban Coyote Initiative

OUR PHILOSOPHY

The urban coyote is the ultimate symbol of nature’s adaptability and resilience. Our reaction to urban coyotes reflects our often conflicted relationship with wild things in urban areas. By learning to live alongside coyotes, we learn to fully embrace wilderness not only within city limits, but everywhere.

Thus, the urban coyote is a keystone in the philosophy of environmentalism.

ILLUMINATING THE LIVES OF URBAN COYOTES

Through extraordinary photography and videography, we advance science-based awareness of urban coyotes, the role they play in healthy urban ecosystems, and strategies for urban residents to live peacefully alongside this adaptable canid.

In the process of our work, we explore the complex relationship humans have with wilderness and wildlife, the role of urban ecology in daily life and in the conservation movement, and the adaptability and resilience of urban species.

© Jaymi Heimbuch / Urban Coyote Initiative
© Jaymi Heimbuch / Urban Coyote Initiative

A RESOURCE FOR RESEARCHERS AND ORGANIZATIONS

We collaborate with researchers, biologists, city managers and planners, community organizations, and media companies to create visual assets that advance research studies, promote public safety, and explore urban ecology and biodiversity.

Whether documenting a research project or crafting a portfolio for print and online publications for public awareness, we provide the highest level photography and media assets documenting and promoting urban coyote ecology and coexistence.

A RESOURCE FOR PUBLISHERS

We are always excited to chase down interesting and complex stories about urban coyotes, scientific research, and coexistence. Our experience as photojournalists and filmmakers has given us wonderful opportunities to get out in the field to create new content for publication. A few places we’ve been published include: 

  Sierra Club
  Bay Nature Magazine
  National Wildlife Magazine
  Anthropocene Magazine
  When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors: People and Wildlife Working It Out in California

UCI photographer Morgan Heim enjoys keeping an urban coyote pup warm during field work with researchers in Chicago, IL.
© Jaymi Heimbuch / Urban Coyote Initiative