Tracking roadkill – in hands of residents thanks to app

Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee (B4C) has launched a tool to allow the public to report wildlife road crossing hotspots.

As part of the Brisbane Catchments Network Fauna Movement Solutions Strategy, B4C’s Alex Vanek has worked with the Biocollect app to allow people to report wildlife road injuries and deaths.

This app, on the platform developed by Atlas of Living Australia, allows Brisbane residents to record roadkill data. This provides insight into exactly where wildlife road crossing actions need to be implemented.

It adds to B4C’s Citizen Science initiatives to address problems for wildlife in Brisbane.

B4C’s President Mik Petter says we need to move forward with serious plans to make our city as wildlife-friendly as possible.

“These proposals need to include how we build and upgrade our roads. As we restore more bushland and get more species coming back, it’s imperative to provide solutions to ensure the safety of both road users and wildlife,” Mik said.

BRISBANE FORUM

In addition to the app, B4C is running a Fauna Movement Solutions forum at Griffith University. With help from funding provided by Transurban, it is bringing experts, councils and conservation groups to highlight best practice methods and set up a plan to progressively implement these solutions in Brisbane. Barriers & Bridges is on Friday 6th September. Details and booking link here.

START TRACKING ROAD KILL

People who want to start using the app can access it at the Atlas of Living Australia-Biocollect B4C Road Kill website. The Biocollect smartphone app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play (search for ‘BioCollect’). Alex is also running free workshops to help. Contact us to register your interest or with any questions.

TRIANGLE OF DEATH

The ABC recently reported on the dire situation for our local koalas. Read more here.

The number of koalas hospitalised at the RSPCA’s Brisbane headquarters has almost doubled in a year to a record 690, with many hit by cars or attacked by dogs in a small area dubbed “the triangle of death”.

The zone [pictured below] — from the eastern Brisbane suburb of Cannon Hill, south to Mount Gravatt and east to Carindale — is ground zero for the city’s rapidly dwindling koala population.

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