The vehicles on California’s ever-expanding network of roadways are getting faster and more numerous, which is bad news for the birds and animals nearby. So the number and location of roadkill deaths are now being recorded and analyzed.
The online roadkill reporting site was launched with no assurance that there would be enough citizen participation to make it work, admits Fraser Shiller, co-director of the Road Ecology Center at UC Davis. But the gamble has paid off.
Gordon Bebee, who lives near the Laguna de Santa Rosa, heard about the roadkill observation website early on, and was quick to get involved.
Find out more about the California Roadkill Observation System, and how to participate, at their website.