Momentum is gaining around the issue of wildlife-vehicles collisions and we’re now part of a larger coalition of groups working to reduce accidents and save lives. As we align our science as part of the larger effort, we’ll be pausing the field component of this project in 2021.
Montana has the second-highest incidence of wildlife-vehicle collisions per capita in the nation. During 2020-2019 Adventure Scientists volunteers cycled Montana's roadways, recording all wildlife and roadkill they encounter as well as detailed environmental observations.
Our Global Wildlife Connectivity project concludes February 2021 with the successful delivery of our dataset to major research centers studying wildlife-vehicle collisions and how to mitigate them, as well as the effects of roads on natural ecosystems.
The open-source dataset remains available upon request to researchers, governments, communities, and individuals.
The problem of wildlife-vehicle collisions is global. Wherever cycling, running, or long-distance road walking took volunteers, they recorded roadkill observations can aid transportation officials and protect the lives of humans and wildlife.
Over the lifetime of this project, 786 people collected 10,175 observations of 921 species.
Ride along with Adventure Scientists volunteers to hear about their experiences documenting wildlife and roadkill along Montana's roads. The data they've collected will help wildlife and highway managers find steps to reduce collisions.