Thursday, May 17, 2012

Scientists ask cyclists to count roadkill

Posted By on Thu, May 17, 2012 at 11:47 AM

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Oh, this seems perfect for a gold-level bike town like Missoula!

Wired reports that Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation is asking folks to document roadkill for a new global database intended to help avoid future animal-car collisions. Those best positioned to provide the data are commuters, including cyclists.

From Wired:

“The tens of thousands of people that are outside every day can now be mobilized to do more with their time, to be citizen scientists,” said Gregg Treinish, who founded and directs the non-profit group.

So far, the most extensive roadkill-counting projects have been the California Roadkill Observation System and a similar project in Maine. Fraser Shilling, the University of California-Davis ecologist behind these networks, will add the global data from cycling citizen scientists to his roadkill research.

“I think that cyclists and the pedestrian world have this weird connection to roadkill because of the risk we’re always facing,” said Shilling.

I know I've always felt a connection to roadkill, but usually on the morning after a late night downtown. Anyway, learn more from Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation and get documenting.

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