News Release - January 15, 2009

For Immediate Release: January 15, 2009

Contacts: Michelle Jeffers (415) 557-4282

San Francisco's Urban Wildlife Exposed

Exhibition of Janet Kessler's Photography at San Francisco Public Library Showcases the Array of Wildlife Existing in the Inner City

In the midst of the city, San Francisco photographer Janet Kessler has pointed her camera at the vast array of wildlife co-existing in the urban jungle. An exhibition of her work, Celebrating our Urban Wildness: Coyotes to Quail, will be on view at the Wallace Stegner Environmental Center, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin St., from January 24-May 28.

Kessler's work provides an illuminating look into the abundant natural life, often hidden amid the congestion and cacophony of city life, which co-exists in our surroundings. The exhibition features photographs taken on Kessler's daily walks around San Francisco during the summer and fall of 2008. With her camera, Kessler captures surprising images of wildlife thriving in the midst of a major urban city.

The photographs reveal a remarkable diversity of animals in this urban setting, from raccoons, rabbits and coyotes to hawks, frogs and herons. From Ocean Beach and the Farallon Islands, Kessler captured images of dolphins and whales. Through her photographs, Kessler intends to bring forth a message of respect and common sense for co-existing and enjoying these neighbors and keeping wildlife wild.

Kessler will be available to talk about her pictures and how she was able to photographically capture such a variety of urban wildness on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room B at the Main Library.

The exhibition is part of the Evolve 2009 events in honor of the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his book, The Origin of Species. For more information, please call (415) 557-4277 or go to It is also part of SFPL's Green Stacks.

About SFPL Green Stacks

San Francisco Public Library's Green Stacks is a new program dedicated to helping the City go green. Libraries have always been dedicated to free, renewable resources and this new, citywide program highlights the environmental initiatives, programs, exhibitions and information created and supported by today's library system. In partnership with SF Environment and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, Green Stacks empowers all library users to live a more eco-friendly life.

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