It’s estimated that one million vertebrates are killed on U.S. roadways each day. That’s about one every 11 seconds!
As habitats shift due to a changing climate, wildlife movement becomes an important adaptation strategy for species survival. Roads can have a big impact on endangered species, impeding their movement, separating populations, and killing individuals due to collisions with vehicles.
Wildlife Road Watch
Wildlife Road Watch is a web-based map and database project that records volunteer observations of roadside and road-killed wildlife. Scientists use the data to improve our collective understanding of where wildlife attempt to cross roads, what we can do to reduce roadkill, and how best to improve safety for people and wildlife.
How you can help
Submit your roadside observations
- Create an account in our system to be able to submit an observation and allow us to identify observations from specific observers.
- Once you have an account, log in to the system.
- Add observations describing what you saw, pinpointing its location on the map, and even uploading your photos (if you took any).
Adopt a road
Volunteers can regularly monitor a section of road throughout the year. They document wildlife crossings, both successful (when you see a live animal on or near the road) and unsuccessful (dead animals on the road or shoulder).
For more information or to sign up to volunteer, please contact Sarah Haggerty at email@example.com or 207.781.2330 x225.
In the news
- Tracking wildlife roadkill in Maine offers a path to saving lives, Portland Press Herald
- Saving Wildlife on U.S. Roads – Volunteers Help Decipher how Motorways Affect Animals, Audubon Magazine
- Count Roadkill From Your Bike for Science, Wired.com
Wildlife Road Watch is a joint effort of Maine Audubon, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the Maine Department of Transportation, and the Road Ecology Center at UC Davis in California.