Who’s who on the wildlife bridges?

I hate my e-tag – that ever-present, electronic parasite lodging on the dashboard of my car. Each beep heralding the departure of cash from my bank account as I cruise through the city’s toll roads. It never misses a pass, the insufferable little know-it-all. Sometimes I glare at it….

This website has moved! You can read the rest of this post, and follow along with newer posts, at my new site here https://lifeontheverge.net/2016/02/07/whos-who-on-the-wildlife-bridges/

Conservation at the cross-roads

In August I had the absolute pleasure of hosting a road ecology symposium at the ICCB-ECCB, an international conference on conservation biology. It was a pleasure not just because it was summer in the south of France (ooh la la) or because I got to eat chocolate croissants and soft cheese every day, but because of the quality of the people I was able to work with and the enthusiasm they brought to our symposium.

Dan Smith, Clara Grilo, Rodney van der Ree and myself wanted to organise a symposium that showcased the global importance and diversity of road ecology research, and highlight how critical this issue is to conservation. With over 30 authors across 15 countries contributing to the presentations, we think we achieved that! The topics ranged from building predictive models to guide mitigation efforts, to the complex challenges facing management in developing nations, the importance of road-free areas and the opportunities for citizen science.

We’ve compiled the abstracts from our symposium into a ‘mini-proceedings’ booklet, which includes links to relevant papers and websites as well as the authors’ Research Gate profiles so that you can easily find out more about their work.

Click on the cover page to download pdf
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It was fantastic to see that weren’t the only ones talking about road ecology at the conference, with several other sessions dedicated to the topic. It’s exciting to see how the field is growing! Thanks to the magic of live-tweeting, you can catch up on all the presentations, discussions and papers with this handy Storify newsletter.

I hope you find these resources helpful, particularly for those who were unable to attend the conference. Feel free to spread them through your networks.

Until next time, I’ll leave you with this snapshot which sums up the atmosphere in Montpellier. If only the cat were wearing a beret. So Francey.
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Threat: Terror-firma for urban arboreals

How do arboreal mammals cope living in urban areas? It can be a bit of a balancing act. See this post from the Urban Safari Guide for more…

Urban Safari

Welcome to the first of my ‘Threat’ posts, where I describe some of the challenges facing urban wildlife.

I spotted this poor old possum on the side of the road in Torquay a few weeks ago. And another just yesterday. For tree-dwelling mammals, city-living can be as dangerous as it is lucrative.
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In most cities and towns across Australia, the only small native mammals you’re likely to see will be the arboreals – the tree-dwellers. Koalas, possums and gliders can be spotted in even major cities.

One of the reasons arboreal mammals have managed to survive in the urban jungle is because they spend a lot of their time out of harm’s way. High in the canopy they’re safe from cars, cats, dogs and foxes. Interconnected tree branches and overhead power lines mean they can roam unrestricted by fences, making the most of the lush banquet provided by…

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