There’s a story behind roadkill and people like you can help tell it. Thousands of accidents every year are caused by collisions with wildlife. How can we manage roadways so that they are safer for everyone, vehicles and animals?
This month, biologists Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra are looking for roadkill in the Cold Hollow Mountains in Belvidere, Vermont, with Bridget Butler, Program Director of Cold Hollow to Canada.
The Cold Hollow Mountains host one of the most intact broadleaf, temperate forest in the region– a travel corridor for many species of wildlife. But the forest can be fragmented by roadways creating a safety concern for both wildlife and people.
The nonprofit Cold Hollow to Canada’s vision is for a healthy and intact forested landscape that supports a strong and sustainable local economy through stewardship, with protection of core wildlife habitat and connectivity across the entire Northern Forest. They have created a project through iNaturalist that allows users to upload pictures and locations from their smartphone of roadkill sightings. Anyone can help gather this data which can then be used to track wildlife movement patterns and better manage roadway crossings.
Listen to the show
- Visit the Cold Hollow to Canada and learn more about their WildPaths project.
- Participate in the WildPaths project on iNaturalist.
- Check out Vermont ANR Biofinder and explore Vermont’s lands and waters that support important ecosystems, natural communities, habitats and species.
(sad) Images from the Show
(click on the images to see the observation reported to the WildPaths project on iNaturalist)
Outdoor Radio is produced in collaboration with Vermont Public Radio.