RoadWatchBC’s goal is to gather information that will help reduce the risk of wildlife-collisions (WVCs) on East Kootenay highways while also building a community of informed and engaged citizens. To make highways safer for wildlife and people, we need to know the locations with the highest rates of WVCs and we need engaged citizens to gather this information. RoadWatchBC (RWBC) will recruit local community members to participate in research that seeks to better understand where roads are impacting wildlife. Through a free smart phone application and a website that will display the data, RWBC enlists the public to report their wildlife observations along local highways – dead or alive. This will generate a large and spatially precise dataset of wildlife observations associated with highways in the East Kootenay region. The ultimate outcomes are engaged communities and high quality data identifying important areas for wildlife to cross highways. Ultimately this will lead to the implementation of highway improvements that protect wildlife connectivity and provide for both human and wildlife safety. Project partners will use the information to promote local awareness of locations to drive more slowly and be alert.

Project partners include: the Miistakis Institute, Western Transportation Institute, Wildsight BC and Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative.
Project funders include: TECK, Adaptive Management Initiative of the Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent, Patagonia Environmental Grants Fund of Tides Foundation and Vancouver Foundation

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