MassDOT, DFW/NHESP and UMass Amherst are preparing the 2011 surveys for the Turtle Roadway Mortality Monitoring Program. This survey season is shaping up to be quite extensive, as they have surveys at over 100 sites.
Each year, thousands of turtles are killed on highways in Massachusetts as they are moving between wetlands or seeking a nest site. In the context of a MassDOT-MassWildlife inter-agency agreement, the two agencies have initiated a Turtle Road-Crossing Study to identify, monitor, and upgrade “hotspot” crossing locations across the Commonwealth.
They are currently in the process of identifying sites which volunteers can choose from. Volunteers are needed to identify, monitor, and report turtle road-crossing hotspots. Please consider volunteering to monitor a road-crossing hotspot in 2011.
For more information, please visit their website: http://www.linkinglandscapes.info/roads/turtles.html