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Endangered Species Road Watch


Blandings Turtle – Jonathan Mays

What do I do?

Road Watch volunteers walk a section of road and record any evidence of wildlife crossings. You might witness an animal crossing the road but more likely you’ll find road kill. Volunteers take a photo of every animal observation they find, try to identify the species, and record information about the time and location of their observation. Volunteers report their survey results on Maine Audubon’s Road Watch web site. Routes are a mile long, and walking both sides of the road will equal a two-mile loop.

Where do I go?

Volunteers are assigned to designated mile-long road survey routes, which are located in southern Maine, in York County, Scarborough, and Cape Elizabeth. These routes were selected because they lie between large blocks of habitat and are near known occurrences of endangered species.

How much time does it take?

Aside from travel time to get to your assigned road route, the actual survey will take an hour or more, depending on how quickly you walk and how many observations you find. We ask volunteers to commit to eight surveys of their road sections from April through September, with weekly surveys from mid-April to mid-May, and then one survey per month from June through September. More surveys are welcome if time allows.

How do I sign up?

Contact Doug Hitchcox at dhitchcox@maineaudubon.org or (207) 781-2330, ext. 237 to volunteer or receive additional project information. We will try to find a road route that works for you and send you a map and datasheet, along with detailed survey instructions and wildlife ID guides. If you are not already a Road Watch volunteer go to the Wildlife Road Watch page and see the section in the right column labeled “To sign up as a Volunteer” and go to “Create an Account”. You will need to provide an email address in order to complete the registration process.