Adopt a Road Introduction

This website now allows observers to select roads to monitor more closely for wildlife. We are calling these roads "Adopt A Road Routes."

As a MAWRW “Adopt A Road” Volunteer, you will regularly monitor a section of road throughout the year to document wildlife crossings, both successful crossings (when you see a live animal on or near the road) and unsuccessful crossings (dead animals on the road or shoulder). By collecting wildlife crossing information on the same stretch of road over time, you will be contributing to an assessment of the impacts of roads on wildlife, and more importantly, to the first steps of developing a plan to reduce these impacts. Some of the questions we are asking: Where are wildlife crossing “hotspots” and what kind of habitat is along those roads? Forest? Wetland? Farmland? Which species are crossing at these locations? Are there effective wildlife crossing structures we can install under the roadway to help wildlife cross the road successfully? Would signs be effective at reducing roadkill? The answers to these questions start with gathering information about when and where wildlife cross the road, a critical step that requires your help.

Guidelines for Volunteers:

Volunteers should plan to commit to six surveys of a road section, either a section that you select, or Maine Audubon staff will help pick one for you. The road section should be surveyed from April through September, ideally with a minimum of one survey per month but more surveys if time allows. (If you have not adopted a road yet, it is not too late. You can adopt and survey a road any time of year.) You can conduct your survey by foot, bike or car. Surveys in a vehicle must be done with a partner so that the driver can focus on the road while the observer watches for wildlife crossings. Walking or biking with a partner is also recommended both for safety and to maintain consistent observer effort.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Everytime you survey your "Adopt A Road" route, you must enter that survey date (Click on "Add a Route Survey") into the website, whether or not you saw any wildlife. This is very important for the project data analysis.

Download "Adopt A Road" volunteer information and instructions here or Click and follow the links below: