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Goals & Objectives

The Urban Wildlife Project helps residents and wildlife managers in urban and suburban areas:
Learn about wildlife habitat
Identify common urban and suburban wildlife species
Develop wildlife management plans
Implement do-it-yourself projects

Intended audiences:

Homeowners and renters
Managers of city parks and other green spaces
Groundskeepers at schools, golf courses, business parks, and cemeteries
Apartment property owners/managers


Project Team

David Drake, Urban Wildlife Project Director, Extension Wildlife Specialist and Professor

David Drake


Urban Wildlife Project Director

Extension Wildlife Specialist & Professor

The Urban Wildlife Project is directed by David Drake, an Extension Wildlife Specialist and Professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology. David received his Ph.D. in Forestry from North Carolina State University, his M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University, and his B.A. in Biology from Macalester College. David’s research and Extension program focuses on urban wildlife management.


Jamie Nack Extension Senior Wildlife Outreach Specialist

Jamie Nack


Extension Senior Wildlife Outreach Specialist

Jamie Nack is an Extension Senior Wildlife Outreach Specialist at the University of Wisconsin Madison in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology. Jamie received her M.S. in Wildlife from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Jamie’s Extension programming includes wildlife management on private lands, youth education, wildlife damage management, and general backyard wildlife.