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Friends, meet Bill Leikam (better known as “The Fox Guy”).
Bill is a retired teacher, businessman, citizen scientist and a lifelong Californian naturalist. Six years ago, Bill had an experience near the Palo Alto Baylands that changed the course of his life forever. He was out photographing birds, orioles in particular, when a gray fox appeared on the trail some 20 feet ahead of him.
It startled Bill. He didn’t expected to see one so close to the urban landscape. The fox seemed fearless, allowing him to get close before casually walking off into the bushes.
It sparked his curiosity and that’s what started it.
Over the past six years, Bill has been working to document the behavior, relationships and health of gray fox in the Bay Area. Every day, twice a day, he’s out with the foxes, checking his network of trail cameras, observing and learning the life of the gray fox.
Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) protects and cares for open space, farms and parkland in and around Silicon Valley. Since its founding in 1977, POST has been responsible for saving more than 75,000 acres as permanently protected land in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties.