I also met Jessica Levine, Senior Conservation Advisor with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) of the One Forest Two Countries project, which Nova Scotia, PEI, and New Brunswick are a part of. Jessica is working to further the long-standing habitat connectivity project, and is organizing a Road Ecology in Canada conference in October. I will be presenting at the conference on the potential for citizen science involvement in wildlife vehicle collision prevention.
There is much to do in Canada to improve wildlife vehicle collision mitigation toward developing widespread knowledge and application of ecology and transportation concepts, methods and best practices. The science and practice of road ecology and associated technologies are rapidly developing. Species-specific collision mitigation fencing types, underpasses and overpasses, wildlife movement sensors, collision data tracking smartphone applications, the protection of marine life during bridge and road building, creation of pollination corridors so bees and butterflies find food sources along roadways and rail lines are all burgeoning practices that need to become regular and familiar methods of building roads.