Mysterious poles make road crossing easier for high flying mammals

Here is an article I recently wrote for The Conversation, summarising the first paper from my PhD (soon to be published in Biological Conservation). You can read the accepted manuscript here, or scroll down to see The Conversation piece. You can also follow along with the project at my new site “Life on the Verge” https://lifeontheverge.net/category/hume-highway-wildlife-crossings/  Enjoy!

Squirrel Glider on a rope bridge over the Hume Freeway in north-east Victoria.

Squirrel Glider on a rope bridge over the Hume Freeway in north-east Victoria.

Wildlife can have a tough time crossing roads. Noisy, fast vehicles and wide, open gaps in habitat make it an uninviting and risky venture. This means some animals are cut off from food, shelter or loving company on the other side of the road, young have trouble dispersing to find new territories and populations might become small and genetically isolated.

On the Hume Freeway in north-east Victoria, though, specially designed structures are making life a lot easier for squirrel gliders. Rope ladders bridge the gap between trees on either side of the freeway and wooden “glider poles” in the centre median and roadsides replace missing trees, helping these small, threatened marsupials cross safely…

Read the full article here.

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