Collision Count


Ever wonder if underpasses and fencing are effective investments for reducing wildlife vehicle collisions and improving safe passage for wildlife across highways! Miistakis continues its work to better understand the issue around wildlife vehicle collisions along Highway 3 in SW Alberta. In conjunction with Western Transportation Institute, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative and Road Watch in the Pass, we have developed a new citizen science program to monitor sites along the highway where we have recommended the Government of Alberta implement infrastructure to reduce wildlife vehicle collisions.

Monitoring at these sites include a newly developed citizen science program, called Collision Count whereby citizens walk a series of transects parallel to the highway and record road kill observations using a Collision Count smart phone app. Transects will be established at three of the mitigation sites along Highway 3, two of which are sites Alberta Transportation is evaluating for costs associated with mitigation infrastructure.

Three sites monitored by Collision Count volunteers

The app enable participants to identify the transect they are walking, view the transect route on a map, record road kill observations (including species, number of individuals) and upload a photo (to aid in species identification).

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The information collected by citizens will be used to establish a detailed pre-mitigation analysis of the number of wildlife vehicle collisions occurring at the identified sites. Monitoring will continue after the infrastructure has been built to improve safe passage of wildlife across Highway 3. A comparison of the data from before and after construction will enable us to evaluate the effectiveness of the infrastructure to reduce wildlife vehicle collisions. Important knowledge for transportation planners as they address high wildlife vehicle collision zones along highways in the future.

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