Well, this was exciting and really tough. Curating the Urban Wildlife assignment was as challenging for me as photographing this theme was for you. There were more than 15,000 submissions for this assignment, making it a success to me. It also gives us a sense of how we are surrounded by wildlife. The motive behind this theme was to explore our backyards, and I feel that it has been achieved by your extensive contributions and dedication.
In the course of this assignment, I think you all have created something special: A huge repository of images which sheds light on almost all aspects of wildlife found living in urban environments. This story can become a visual reference for the larger audience who wants to learn more about wildlife in their surroundings.
I would like to take this opportunity to share what I learned about urban wildlife from the thousands of images and stories that I looked at in this assignment. Broadly, I divide urban wildlife into three categories.
Urban dwellers: These are often generalist or omnivorous species that take advantage of resources or food supplied by humans. Populations of these species are able to achieve much higher numbers in urban areas than in the wild due to readily available food.