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To capture roadkill and wildlife data representative of each season, we've divided our study into a series of cycling field seasons. You can choose to volunteer for a single field season or commit to multiple, although we prefer a commitment to multiple since this is a long-term project.
Field Season I complete!
Field Season II: May 16 - 25, 2020 cancelled due to COVID-19
Field Season III: June 19 - 28, 2020 complete!
Field Season IV: August 7 - 16, 2020
Field Season V: September 18 - 27, 2020
Field Seasons VI - XIII: May 2021- September 2022
Data Collection Requirements
Within a cycling field season, you and a partner are asked to collect wildlife data along a 25-mile segment of roadway, by riding out and back along this segment for a total of 50 miles.
If 50 miles is too far, you can make it into a relay! Each additional team members needs to be signed up and trained.
As you ride your segment, you will consistently scan the road and roadside for any signs of roadkill and live wildlife. When you see an animal (dead or alive), you will stop to take photos and additional metadata of the occurrence.
This project protocol requires you to go slow, stay engaged, and focus on collecting high-quality data—it's not race time!
Training and Equipment
All volunteers need to complete online training modules and a comprehensive quiz prior to getting out in the field. We will offer a variety of optional educational webinars and readings to supplement your education.
To volunteer for this project, you must provide your own bike, helmet, and smartphone. We will provide you with additional safety gear, protocols, and project swag.