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Geography, Geology and the Environment


Wildlife are increasingly found in urban environments. However, it is not clear how wildlife move around the urban landscape. The purpose of our project is to determine whether animals use the town's streams as corridors to move through town. We speculated that animals use the town’s streams as a corridor to cross into residents’ yards. To test this hypothesis, trail cameras were set up alongside the creeks at Hidden Creek Nature Sanctuary, Anderson Park, Oakdale Elementary, and on North Blair Drive in Normal, Illinois. Hidden Creek Nature Sanctuary has a stream that is under a lot of shade and consists of rocks and mud, Anderson Park consists of no shade due to the lack of trees and the creek consists of sand, Oakdale Elementary also consists of no shade due to no trees and the creek has a cemented base, and the creek on North Blair Drive has no shade as well as a sandy and rocky creek.

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