Road Ecology on Roger Stevens Drive - May 7th
Do you want to help make a difference? Do you travel Roger Stevens Drive often? Join us on May 7th at noon to participate in our road ecology research.
Many different wildlife species are killed by vehicles along Roger Stevens Drive frequently during the spring to fall seasons, and the high numbers have become a great concern!
In 2016, the Ottawa Valley chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS-OV) began a study along Roger Stevens Drive between North Gower and Montague Boundary Line, collecting roadkill data. CPAWS-OV plans to continue the study starting at the beginning of May and is looking for volunteers to help with data collection.
The purpose of this work is to identify “hotspot” locations where wildlife-vehicle collisions occur most frequently so that further mitigation measures can be proposed. For example, this may mean added culverts, silt fencing, fencing, etc. Although we are collecting data on all species, our area of focus is on amphibians and reptiles as they are the most negatively affected, especially with the vast amount of wetland along Roger Stevens Drive.
If you are interested, all we ask is that you report any observations of roadkill along Roger Stevens Drive found during your commute. It is very important that coordinates are provided using tools such as gps or cellphone apps.
Our 2016 Road Ecology (Phase I) report will soon be available for the public and discusses some of our work along Roger Stevens Drive.
For more information on how to get involved in our Road Ecology Program, please email Leah, our Road Ecology Technician, firstname.lastname@example.org.