Why did the bobcat cross the road? More importantly, where did he cross? That’s what we aim to find out through the next phase of the Staying Connected Initiative, a visionary partnership working to conserve, restore and enhance landscape connections for wildlife across the Northern Appalachians.
We’re placing wildlife cameras along sections of Route 3 in Coos County where sophisticated computer models have revealed good habitat connection possibilities. Over the next 18 months, the cameras will collect data on the frequency that different species - like black bear, bobcat, and martin - move across these sections of the highway.
“We want to make sure our efforts, whether through land protection, improving road crossings for wildlife, or habitat restoration, are focused on areas where wildlife are actually moving across the landscape – not just where we think they are moving,” says Pete Steckler, GIS & Conservation Project Manager for the Conservancy in New Hampshire. “The cameras will help to ensure that our investments are made in the right places.” If our work is successful - and with your help - the bobcat and other species will get to the other side.
Explore how this visionary partnership is working to protect wildlife across the Northern Appalachians.