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Today's Data Leads Tomorrow's Conservation

It's a dirty job, but kiwis need to do it. Photographing a death scene may seem a bit gruesome to many, but recording the impacts of roads on wildlife is essential. From farm roads to multi-lane highways, thousands of New Zealand's animals are killed each year, but there are too few records of where it happens and which species are affected to understand the scale of the toll. Like many other countries that have partnered their roadkill databases with iNaturalist, together we can observe and record dead native and non-native species to better understand the affects roads have on New Zealand's precious ecosystems. This information can show which species are most at-risk, which areas are "red-zones" and "black spots" for high rates of roadkill, and over time, this data can show declines of native species or spread of new invasive species. Ultimately, this accumulated data - and your contributions - can be used to mitigate future mortality, identify areas for reduced speeds, ...more ↓

Posted on October 31, 2020 17:25 by douglasriverside douglasriverside | 0 comments | Leave a comment

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With more than 83,000 kilometers of roads in New Zealand, human progress conflicts with natural ecosystems. These roads pose a hazard to wildlife, but data is sparse. This site will aggregate observations of native and non-native wildlife affected by cars, trucks, and even bicycles as a constant and growing cause of mortality, opportunities for scavenging, and barriers to dispersal. ...more ↓

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