Image Credit: Diego Varela
A nationwide citizen science project to monitor wildlife roadkill has just been launched in Argentina. This participatory monitoring initiative is promoted by the Centro de Investigaciones del Bosque Atlántico (CeIBA) and the Instituto de Biología Subtropical (IBS – CONICET/Universidad Nacional de Misiones) in collaboration with other partner institutions. The project is using the app Epicollect5 (available for Android and IOS systems) to systematize data collection through mobile devices. One of the project’s main objectives is to join the efforts of several publics, academic, privates and civil society institutions to collect, to curate, to map, and to communicate wildlife roadkill records throughout the country. It is expected that with this project, the impact of roads on biodiversity can be measured on a national scale and serve as a tool for planning and implementing mitigation measures. The partial results of the citizen science monitoring are presented through an interactive map, updated monthly, which can be accessed from the project’s website.