Getting Started with Adopt A Road Route Surveying

Steps to Follow:

Step 1. Register as a Wildlife Road Watch volunteer. (If you are not already a MAWRW volunteer) Go to www.maineaudubon.org/wildlife-habitat/wildlife-road-watch/ and click “create an account”. You will need to provide an e-mail address in order to complete the registration process.

Step 2. Sign up as Road Watch “Adopt A Road” Volunteer. The Road Watch program is for both volunteers who make random observations about wildlife crossings as well as “Adopt A Road” volunteers who commit to longer-term monitoring on the same stretch of road over time. So in addition to registering in Step 1, you also need to sign up as an “Adopt A Road” volunteer by e-mailing roadwatch@maineaudubon.org or calling Becca Wilson (207)781-6180 ext. 222 with your name and email address. After you sign up, you will have access to the additional data entry web pages listed below.

Step 3. Find a Road Section. “Adopt A Road” sections should be at least a mile long for routes that will be walked or biked, and at least 10 miles for routes that are driven. You may select any continuous stretch of road that is convenient for you. It does not have to be the same type of road throughout the route, and can make turns as needed to reach 10 miles or more. You might want to consider a commuting route or a route that you travel regularly each month.

However you choose your route, be sure to check it out ahead of time, before you commit to long-term monitoring. Assess the speed limits, the traffic volumes, and safety concerns. Can the road be driven at a pace that allows thorough observation without slowing other traffic? Does the road have places to pull over, either wide shoulders or occasional driveways? Volunteer safety is critically important to this project and should take precedence in route selection. Observations from four-lane highways are accepted into the MAWRW system as random observations, but these roads are not appropriate for this project.

If you need help selecting a route, please send an email to roadwatch@maineaudubon.org and we would be happy to assist you.