Image Credit: Red argentina de monitoreo de fauna atropellada.
September 28, 2021
The Red Argentina de Monitoreo de Fauna Atropellada (RAMFA) is a nationwide citizen science project to monitor wildlife roadkill. This participatory monitoring initiative was launched at the end of 2019 and is promoted from the Centro de Investigaciones del Bosque Atlántico(CeIBA) and the Institute of Subtropical Biology (IBS – CONICET/Universidad Nacional de Misiones) with the participation of numerous partner institutions. The Epicollect5 platform (available for Android and IOS systems) is used to systematize field data collection using mobile devices. One of the main objectives of the project is to join the efforts of numerous publics, academic, private and civil society institutions for the collection, curation, mapping and communication of wildlife roadkill records in Argentina. It is expected that this project will be able to measure the impact of roads on biodiversity on a national scale and serve as a tool for planning and implementing mitigation measures. Each record includes a photo, GPS position and species ID, and all the information is reviewed by experts before being incorporated into the database. So far, more than 2,300 roadkill animals have been recorded, including 66 species of mammals, 75 birds, 31 reptiles and 7 amphibians. All the information can be accessed through the website www.fauna-atropellada.org.ar.