April 02, 2018

Season 3 - Let's Do This!

Greetings Everyone!

Here we are headed into Season 3 of the WildPaths Project with lots of momentum and interest building in the wildlife connectivity community.

We're excited to announce that our partners in the Northern Green Mountain Linkage, Ruiter Valley Land Trust and Appalachian Corridor, have joined with us in tracking hotspots for wildlife crossings with their project Stop Carcasses! on iNaturalist. We're using the same protocols and will be sharing our results across the linkage. We've submitted an article for the scientific journal Le Naturaliste Canadien which we hope to be published in this summer!

We encourage other towns and organizations in Vermont to use the WildPaths Project page to document roadkill and live crossings in their locale. All the data gathered for the project can be downloaded from the project page at any time for no cost! No sense in recreating the wheel when the work has already been done for you. Our project was based on Maine Audubon's Road Watch Project in order to keep the data consistent across the Northern Forest and New England. We hope you see the value in that as well. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about using WildPaths for your group.

We'll be bringing presenting our work at the Northeast Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies on April 16th in Burlington, VT. We'll be part of Symposia #3 on Citizen Science and Implications for Wildlife Management. Details at: https://www.neafwa.org/

We'll be holding a special workshop on Saturday, April 21st from 1-4 pm in Enosburgh, VT on how to use iNaturalist. So if you have friends who aren't hooked yet or feeling a bit wishy-washy on how to use smartphone apps, send them our way! Details at the Cold Hollow to Canada website at www.coldhollowtocanada.org.

Thanks, everyone and we look forward to checking out your observations!

Bridget Butler
CHC Program Director
bridget@coldhollowtocanada.org

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April 07, 2017

Season Two Kick Off!

April 1st has come and gone here in Vermont, so it's time to get the second season of WildPaths underway. This year we're hoping to encourage more folks across the state to add to our project page in order to build a central place where data on wildlife crossings can be accessed.

We have been working with local conservation commissions and planning commissions to look at the intersection between infrastructure needs and wildlife needs and are confident that data from the WildPaths Project will help inform future decisions. This year we will be focusing some of our work in the Cold Hollow to Canada service area on towns that are about to embark on updated culvert and road erosion inventories. So snapshots of culverts near animal crossing observations will be encouraged.

If you would like to learn more about the project in the meantime please visit our website at www.coldhollowtocanada.org. We'll be looking for folks who want to dig a little deeper as well by signing up for a specific roadway. You can Adopt a Roadway by contacting the project coordinators at WildPaths@coldhollowtocanada.org. Because our service area covers seven towns in the Northern Green Mountains, we will only be assigning routes in those towns. Please feel free to contact us to learn more about how we've worked with Vermont Fish & Wildlife and VTrans to identify particular roadways of interest.

Many thanks to all of you who continue to contribute! Please help spread the word about WildPaths.

Cheers!

Bridget Butler
Program Director for Cold Hollow to Canada
www.coldhollowtocanada.org

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March 02, 2016

Welcome to WildPaths in the Northern Green Mountains

Greetings!

We're excited to announce that the WildPaths Project on iNaturalist is open!

This summer we worked with Maine Audubon to adapt their protocols for Wildlife Road Watch to our project needs without losing the ability to merge our data collectively in the future. We're looking forward to being able to contribute to the knowledge about wildlife connectivity in our region.

If you would like to learn more about the project in the meantime please visit our website at www.coldhollowtocanada.org. We'll be looking for folks who want to dig a little deeper as well by signing up for a specific roadway. You can Adopt a Roadway by contacting the project coordinators at WildPaths@coldhollowtocanada.org. Because our service area covers seven towns in the Northern Green Mountains, we will only be assigning routes in those towns. Please feel free to contact us to learn more about how we've worked with Vermont Fish & Wildlife and VTrans to identify particular roadways of interest.

Bridget Butler
Program Director
Cold Hollow to Canada

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