Wildlife Road Watch: Citizen Scientist Observations 2010-2014


Wildlife Road Watch: Citizen Scientist Observations 2010-2014

Barbara Charry - 2014

Organization: Maine Audubon

Location: Maine


Maine Audubon Wildlife Road Watch
(WRW) is a citizen science project
developed in partnership with Maine
Department of Inland Fisheries
and Wildlife, Maine Department
of Transportation, and University
of California, Davis Road Ecology
Center. Volunteers record their
observations of wildlife crossing
roads —
both dead and alive — on
the WRW website (wildlifecrossing.
Wildlife need to move across the
landscape to find food and water and
areas to rest, breed, and raise their
young. Roads and traffic can make
it difficult or impossible for animals
to move safely. Wildlife populations
can be reduced or even go locally
extinct due to collisions, as well as,
the inability to move to necessary
habitats. Wildlife movement has
become even more important for
population survival as habitats shift
due to climate change and animals
must adapt by moving to find more
suitable habitat. Wildlife-vehicle
collisions are also a serious safety
issue for drivers.
Understanding and identifying where
animals are moving both successfully
and unsuccessfully across roads can
help wildlife and road managers,
at both the Maine Department of
Transportation and local town level,
know where to implement wildlife
crossings and road enhancements
to help animals cross roads safely
and protect driver safety. This can
include wildlife crossing underpasses,
overpasses, fencing and signs. See
“Conserving Wildlife On and Around
Maine’s Roads” for more information.


Document Type: justification to mitigate
Project Type: public awareness campaigns
Infrastructure Asset: existing roadway
Fauna: small mammals medium mammals large mammals reptiles amphibians