The western mountains region of Maine has been identified by many local, regional and international conservation efforts, including President Obama’s American’s Great Outdoors Initiative as an important natural area for people and wildlife. We want to learn more about wildlife movement in and through this special region to make sure it continues to be a place where wildlife can move freely as they meet their daily needs or move to new habitats as habitats shift due to climate change. Learn more about this region’s value for wildlife movement and Maine Audubon’s involvement in the Staying Connected Initiative website.
Road Watch volunteers survey a designated section of road—by car or by foot— while recording any evidence of wildlife road crossing. You might witness an animal crossing the road, but more likely you’ll find road kill. You will photograph animal observations, try to identify the species, and record information about the time and location of your observation. Road Watch volunteers report their survey results on Maine Audubon’s Wildlife Road Watch website.
Survey routes are 5 to 10 mile-long segments of road located along Routes 2, 4, 16, 26, 27 and 201. Towns located near survey routes include: Bethel, Rangeley, Kingfield, Stratton, Eustis, Carrabassett, Jackman, and The Forks. These routes were selected because they lie between large blocks of wildlife habitat, conservation lands, or Beginning with Habitat Focus Areas of Statewide Ecological Significance. We would like to concentrate observations on these routes as we need high numbers of wildlife observations to find patterns in wildlife movement. It is also helpful if you have a different route that you walk or drive regularly and are able to survey frequently such as weekly or daily. View these survey routes on a map [pdf].
Aside from travel time to get to your assigned road route, the actual survey will take an hour or more, depending on the length of your route and how many observations you find. Volunteers are encouraged to complete 6 surveys between April and September, and additional surveys are also welcomed. Even if you cannot complete 6 surveys, any observations along these routes will be helpful.
For more information or to sign up to volunteer, please contact Barbara Charry at [email protected] 781-2330 ext. 225.