How wildlife (and human) corridors intersected at the January Gathering
January 27, 2017
When it comes to corridors, there are a multitude of paths that people from different sectors are traveling along to achieve varying goals. During our January Gathering, 180 attendees came together to learn about how the paths of conservation, policy, transportation, and recreation intersect each other, and how these sectors are using conservation strategies to balance priorities in their work. These strategies, while coming from varied angles, provided insight into how wildlife, vegetation, people, and even cars, can move more successfully alongside each other in the space that they all share.
- State Assemblyperson Marc Levine shared what’s happening at the state level to fund and support the work of protecting wildlife corridors.
- Tom Robinson, Director of Conservation, Science, and Innovation at the Bay Area Open Space Council, spoke about the importance of wildlife corridors and the language we use within the conservation community and with a wider audience
- Amy Golden, Senior Wildlife Biologist, Caltrans, spoke about the challenges and opportunities a large state agency faces in facilitating road crossings.
- Courtney Larson, Ph.D. candidate at Colorado State University and researcher at the Applied Conservation Science Lab, talked about how human activity impacts wildlife, and how to balance public access with wildlife conservation.
Here are their presentations:
• Tom Robinson, Director of Conservation, Science, and Innovation, Bay Area Open Space Council
• Amy Golden, Senior Wildlife Biologist, Caltrans
• Courtney Larson, Ph.D. candidate and researcher, Colorado State University & Applied Conservation Science Lab
Attendees also got to see and touch interactive displays presented by exhibitors representing 8 different areas of study within our region. Follows the links to learn more about each project:
Exhibitors brought materials ranging from plaster molds of animal tracks, pelts, to a taxidermy mountain lion named Reggie who got quite a lot of attention. One was a scientist who manages a roadkill database. Here is some more information about this work:
- California Roadkill Observation System (CROS, http://wildlifecrossing.net/california), web-system for reporting and managing roadkill observation data for individuals and organizations. Largest in US and second largest in world.
For more camera trap goodness go here:
- Cam-WON (http://wildlifeobserver.net), is a web-system for managing camera trap projects, including in the Bay Area, with upcoming webinars on Jan 31 and Feb 8. Visit here also for WONBA (Wildlife Observer Network Bay Area) events/meetings.
For more information:
- Contact Fraser Shilling ([email protected]) for more information about these systems.
On social, here are what people from the audience were saying with #OSCwildlife on Twitter:
Thanks to everyone who made this full house, well, very full. And everyone in the community doing important and innovative work around wildlife corridors.