The ability to detect and monitor wildlife movement and crossings and other ecological processes near highways is important to transportation agencies’ environmental stewardship and decision making activities. Few agencies have been able to systematically perform such monitoring because long-term monitoring is difficult to fund and staff and may present safety risks. In response to this issue, the Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program has developed an accessible remote camera system that continuously streams data which can be used to study wildlife movement around transportation corridors. This process will greatly improve data collection.
To learn more about the web-connected cameras, go to http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/advancedresearch/pubs/16033/index.cfm or download the fact sheet http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/advancedresearch/pubs/16033/16033.pdf.