One of the largest threats to all wildlife, especially reptiles-at-risk, is road mortality. Through the Community Nominated Priority Places (CNPP) project, a significant amount of time and resources are being devoted to road-focused projects by Biosphere staff and co-applicants Shawanaga First Nation, Magnetawan First Nation, and Georgian Bay Land Trust. During the 2020 field season, priority roads included Skerryvore Community Road, Highway 559, and Highway 529 which were surveyed by bicycle multiple times per week. Road surveys throughout the summer and fall have recorded all snake and turtle observations, that are both alive on road and dead on road. This information may identify wildlife crossing hotspots and inform future mitigation ideas along these roadways.
Nearest city or town: Parry Sound
Project start date: June 1, 2020
Project focus: Monitoring / Research
Project contact: Tianna Burke