Research Tracks Wildlife Sightings In Chignecto Isthmus

Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 18:10 PM

The Chignecto Isthmus connecting New Brunswick with Nova Scotia is a busy transportation hub and also a critical wildlife corridor.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada has launched an initiative called the Wildpaths Maritimes Project to track wildlife sightings in the area.

Spokesperson Paula Noel says development between the two provinces is making it difficult for wildlife to cross the narrow stretch of land.

Noel says researchers from Dalhousie University are already conducting detailed surveys on foot and by car.

"We're just trying to get a sense of what's happening to try and improve for wildlife and people on the roads to find out where there are problems.  By doing that, we can start to find ways to hopefully fix those problems," she says.

Noel says volunteers are needed to become "citizen scientists" who can download a mobile app called "iNaturalist" where they can post photos and document wildlife sightings.

(PHOTO provided by Nature Conservancy of Canada - Amelia Barnes, Dalhousie University researcher)