California Connectivity and Crossings Conference 2024

Bobcat looking through under-crossing, I-80

Event Date

Location
UC Davis Conference Center

Habitat fragmentation and road mortality threaten many native species populations, reducing their ability to disperse, find mates, access fluctuating resources, and to adapt to a changing climate. Recognizing the threat fragmentation poses to native wildlife and ecosystems, decision-makers and the public have increasingly supported bipartisan policies, agency capacity, and funding that will provide more opportunities to connect habitat for California wildlife. These opportunities include advancing wildlife crossing structures over and under roads, making land-use decisions that protect connectivity, and conserving parcels that promote connected landscapes. The recent focus on wildlife connectivity in land-use and transportation policies, coupled with new funding could herald a new era for wildlife conservation. 

To channel this momentum, this conference seeks to create a forum where community and professional scientists, students, volunteers, policy-makers, and practitioners can collaboratively share research and findings, information gaps and needs, and present examples of how to navigate and fund solutions to restore wildlife connectivity across California.

Conference Keynote Speakers

We will be joined by Ben Goldfarb, author of "Crossings" and Beth Pratt, National Wildlife Federation and co-organizer of the Walli-Annenberg Wildlife Crossing.

Conference Theme

Discovering, building and celebrating California’s wildlife connectivity and crossing culture in rural and urban ecosystems; engaging people from all technical and organizational backgrounds in a check-up on our progress toward protecting thriving of California diverse wildlife and its ability to move safely.