Coyotes: Beyond the Howl, An Educational Exhibit by Janet Kessler

In case you might have a burning interest to know more about coyotes, visit my exhibit which is going up next Sunday at the Sausalito Library and will run for 6 weeks! It’s more of an educational exhibit than anything else, showing some of their constant interactions. The more people understand how social they are, the easier it will be to accept and even embrace them.

Coyotes are social and, except for some transients, live in families. The 28 large 24”x16” zoomed-in snapshots in this exhibit show some of their less-seen behaviors and interactions, as well as their individuality: each coyote looks different, and the differences reach deeper than their fur. Short howling and hunting video clips are included. An explanation of a few relevant survival behaviors and some simple guidelines help round out “the picture” of these neighbors who are becoming a more visible part of the urban landscape.

Janet Kessler a.k.a, “the Coyote Lady” in San Francisco, has been called a, “pioneer in the photo-documentation of the lives of urban coyotes, capturing their intimate lives”. She is a self-taught naturalist and urban coyote specialist who, daily over the past 11 years, has been documenting coyote family life, their behavior towards people and pets — and our pets’ behavior towards them — and getting information and easy coexistence guidelines out to everyone. Google her “Coyotes As Neighbors” video, and visit:

Dates: January 28 to March 10, 2018


  • Monday-Thursday 10am-9pm daily
  • Friday-Saturday 10am-5pm
  • Sunday noon-5pm

Place: Sausalito Public Library, located in the City Hall building at 420 Litho Street in Sausalito Enter parking lot from Bee Street (off Caledonia Street). From San Francisco, take a ferry ride over!

Janet will be in and out. If you have questions, just seek her out, or contact her through her blog,

[Press Here for a printable Flyer]

On Installation Day: Our team of three had fun installing the exhibit in the very charming Sausalito Library: we had the layout mapped out beforehand, so only minor logistical adjustments to our plan were necessary. We were rewarded with “ooohs” and “aaahs” from the library staff and visitors from Connecticut, and then from the first official early-bird visitors. We finished a little after opening hours and went off for a reward meal overlooking the bay, which we suggest as something to add to your visit.

5 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. William Fokes
    Jan 16, 2020 @ 00:09:05

    Just want you to know I love Coyotes and Wolves and have the utmost respect and admiration for them. I am heartbroken at the hate and killing of them that goes on. Thank you for your dedication and sharing what beautiful creatures they are. Hopefully you can win the hearts of those who don’t know how beautiful they are in their element


    • yipps:janetkessler
      Jan 16, 2020 @ 04:13:01

      Hi William —

      Thank you so much for your heartfelt comment! I really appreciate it. We ALL have to be ambassadors for these critters. Make sure to tell others how much you respect and love them, and that it’s so easy to coexist with them by simply keeping away and walking away every time we see them. It’s all of us — WE — who need to win the hearts of those who don’t yet appreciate them. Please help! Thank YOU! Janet

  3. handbesen
    Sep 20, 2020 @ 23:55:16

    We love coyotes and see them every day as we live bordering on some wild areas. One of them has been visiting every day for almost two years, without wanting anything from us. We call her Bella, since she is a female. She sits at the bottom of the hill shortly before sunset where we, as well as our beloved cat can see her, while keeping at a respectful distance. The first thing our cat does in the mornings when we let her out is to check the area to make sure she will not be surprised by any coyote. Other cats come around and visit here in spite of the close presence of coyotes which they have learned to respect and avoid.
    I think if coyotes have enough to eat in the wild they will avoid the killing of domestic animals. I see them racing after squirrels once in a while, or a rabbit, just like a hawk does. At night they often get together and “communicate”. That can be pretty eery, especially when they seem close to your own space. In reality they are still quite far, but their songs can be heard far and wide.
    I am very glad to be living in an area where there are still coyotes. (As far as I know, no one from this neighborhood has ever done harm to a coyote.)
    A week ago I saw the coyote we named Bella to play with a roadrunner. I think the Game ended in a draw. (I took a picture.)
    I read “Don Coyote” by Dayton Hyde. (A wonderful Book!!)


    • yipps:janetkessler
      Sep 21, 2020 @ 00:05:32

      Hi Handbesen! I loved your story! Thank you so much for sharing it here! If you have any stories about Bella you would be willing to post, especially with photos, please send them to me: people need to hear these. For instance, the story of the coyote and the roadrunner, with a picture or two?? You can reach me through

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