Teaching wildlife road-crossing tricks

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11 thoughts on “Teaching wildlife road-crossing tricks

  1. I love this post, Kylie, and I love all your work! I had a tragic rat episode last week: rat huddled in the middle of the middle lane of a 3-lane main road, clearly terrified. I parked a bit further on and spent about 15 minutes trying to catch him or coax him to one side or the median strip, but alas, in the end he got hit by a car. Of course I (being a big girls blouse) cried and felt it was all my fault, but really, that’s the point of your first picture, isn’t it? They don’t understand, so crossing structures are there to help them survive.

    Good on you for doing this, and I do love the pictures: the crabs in particular look rather bizarre, but it’s heartening to see multitudes of them scuttling safely across the bridge, rather than getting crushed by the hundreds as doubtless happened previously.

    • Thanks Alison! And thanks for the piece on the Biodiversity Revolution blog . I have a lot of fun doing this work so it’s nice to hear from someone else who enjoys it.

      Sorry to hear about your rat drama. I had a similar experience with a turtle when I was a kid – only someone deliberately ran over it (as in swerved into the wrong lane to hit it) before we could reach it. Sometimes it’s harder to understand human behaviour than animal behaviour. But we can change it for the better I think!

      • Glad to help share your work out there, Kylie. I think one of the things I find most appealing about it is that it’s a simple solution to what is sometimes considered an intractable problem, namely habitat fragmentation (or at least an aspect of it). I’m rather fascinated by the psychological aspects, too: as in, how long does it take them to approach the bridge, is it the younger ones who venture close first, do they run up and down the supports a few times before crossing, and so on.

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  6. Reblogged this on Mount Gravatt Environment Group and commented:
    Consolidation of habitat by restoration is currently underway at our five bushcare sites. Linking Mt Gravatt Conservation Reserve with other habitat is currently focused on restoration of the Fox Gully wildlife corridor through private property and the Pollinator Link project. Longer term we want to look at wildlife bridges/tunnels.
    Michael Fox

    • Thanks for sharing! And it’s great to hear about the conservation work in your area. I’d love to hear more about it, especially if you’re starting to work towards wildlife bridges and tunnels.

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