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Newts in Peril

Newts in California are getting hammered by cars and climate change (basically us). Here are some folks who are doing something about it.

An endangered California wolf became roadkill, highlighting a major risk for wildlife

A wolf naturally dispersing through central and southern California was killed by a vehicle in Kern County. This is the furthest south a wolf has been seen in 300 years and marks both an incredible self-restoration story for the species and a cruel reminder that we still don't know how to protect wildlife from traffic in CA. Read more here: https://www.sacbee.com/news/california/article256121197.html#storylink=… 

CA Roadkill Hotspots Report 2021

Wildlife-vehicle collisions (WVC) can result in death of the animal and vehicle damage and injury to the driver and passengers. This report updates previous analyses of economic and ecological impacts of "roadkill", another term for WVC (https://roadecology.ucdavis.edu/resources/california-wildlife-vehicle-collision-hotspots-2021). According to our analyses, California has incurred 1 to 2 billion dollars in costs related to WVC over the last 5 years.

Ireland Develop Measures to Reduce Barn Owl Mortality on Roads

Bird scientists and transportation specialists in Ireland have developed a series of measures to reduce impacts to barn owls. As in California and elsewhere, barn owls in Ireland forage along roadsides, putting them at risk of collisions and drivers at risk from swerving to avoid a collision. These new measures were designed to reduce collisions with barn owls.

Road Ecology Center in Recent COVID19-Related News

Some of you may have noticed that the Road Ecology Center has been in the news as a source of expertise and our rapid-response study of changes in traffic and crashes. Here is a selection of recent articles.

Roadkill Data Collection Contest

The California Roadkill Observation System is offering cash prizes for the most roadkill data collected in 2019 ($500) and during the last quarter of the year ($100). Sign up and collect observations to win.

Maine Ramps Up Its Concern About Roadkill

The Morning Sentinel/Kennebec Journal news outlet (https://www.centralmaine.com) reported on a joint project of Maine Audubon and the Road Ecology Center which focuses on collecting roadkill observations and using them to support driver-safety and conservation projects. They followed it up with an editorial describing the importance of collecting these kinds of data.

Wildlife Crossings: Montana Outstrips Other Western States

"Conservation, sportsmen’s groups urging Senate for wildlife crossings in funding bill"

Conservation groups f various stripes have uged the MT state senate to include $50 million for wildlife crossings. This is equivalent to >10% of Montana's annual transportation budget and represents a new benchmark for wildlife conservation in relation to highways. Will other states with much larger bugdets step up? 

 

Road Ecology Center Raising its Profile

The Road Ecology Center has been partnering and collaborating with transportation, wildlife and other organizations for ~15 years. Our website and various web-based projects are one of the main ways that we engage with partners and the public.

International Conference on Ecology and Transportation (ICOET) 2019, Call for Abstracts

The Call for Abstracts has been released for the International Conference on Ecology and Transportation, 2019, which will be held in Sacramento, CA between September 22nd and 26th, 2019. Scientists, engineers, planners, policy-makers, non-governmental organizations, consultants, and artists who work in the area of ecology and transportation are invited to submit abstracts for presentations and to participate in the conference. Abstracts are due April 19th.