The Houston Museum of Natural Science will be closed from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 4th.

The Cockrell Butterfly Center is closed for renovations.

Houston Urban Wildlife Project

What is it?

The Houston Urban Wildlife Project (HUWP) is a program that was born around 2000 when collaborating on a project with colleagues from Rice University regarding the effect of bayou channelization upon urban avian diversity.  What has taken place since is a diverse array of urban wildlife projects, primarily research.  Coordinated by Daniel Brooks, Ph.D. the bulk of these studies focuses upon: invasive and aquatic birds, as well as Free-tailed bats (Tadarida mexicanus) and carnivores (see below). 

Why is this important?

There are many species of animals that we share our neighborhoods with.  Not only is documentation of urban wildlife interesting, but their interactions with urban environments, as well as other species within those environments, is compelling.  Publishing articles about urban wildlife here in the Bayou city divulges the manner in which certain species are able to adapt and thrive despite their strange new habitat (considering deep time).  Simply put – urban wildlife research promotes keeping biodiversity and ecosystem function intact, while fomenting positive associations between people and wildlife.

Get Involved

Citizen science   One of the best ways to get involved is through Citizen Science– research projects that rely on…

Mammal Projects

Nutria and Beaver niche partitioning at an urban pond Carnivore Projects Range expansion and ecology of Ringtail Albinsm in Raccoons …

Bird Projects

Invasive Bird Projects The Texas Invasive Bird Project (TIBP) has been ongoing since 2008, resulting in many studies of invasive…

Finding Wildlife In The Burbs

Where to find wildlife in the ‘burbs Wildlife is all around us.  Every once in a while when driving at…

HUWP Image Gallery

The Houston Urban Wildlife Project (HUWP) is a program that was born around 2000 when collaborating on a project with…


2004 - Tickled pink by a Flamingo’s visit 2008 – Ikester – what a mess of things you made! 2012…

Other Projects

Other Urban Wildlife Projects in the Bayou City Hidden Life of Houston CBC Citizen Science Garden

HMNS at Hermann Park

5555 Hermann Park Dr.
Houston,Texas 77030
(713) 639-4629

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HMNS at Sugar Land

13016 University Blvd.
Sugar Land, Texas 77479
(281) 313-2277

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George Observatory

21901 FM 762 Rd.
Needville, Texas 77461
(979) 553-3400

Get Directions Offering varies by location

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