about Roadkill

In this citizen science project, we want to use scientific methods to create an overview in Austria of where which animals are road-killed and what the reasons for this might be. With your reports we aim to identify hotspots and mitigate them together with our partners.

The United Nations adopted the Agenda2030 for Sustainable Development in October 2015, listing 17 goals and 169 targets. With this agenda, nothing less than the world is to be transformed and this in an economic, social and environmental dimension.These Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are designed to stimulate action in areas of vital importance to humanity and the planet as a whole, from ending hunger and poverty to tackling climate change the promotion of peaceful, equitable and inclusive societies, to ensure economic, technical and social progress in harmony with nature.We think that citizen science and the Roadkill project are particularly suitable for contributing to the achievement of specific goals. Contribution of the project Roadkill to the SDGs We can imagine being able to contribute to the following goals with the Roadkill project: SDG 15.5: Among others, halt the loss of biodiversity This is an extremely complex target where we see especially our scientific work as essential by using the collected data and additional projects to analyse the influence of roads and road traffic on vertebrate animal populations, focusing on endangered species. Only with this knowledge can we set concrete and meaningful measures to reduce a possible negative impact of roads and…
In this Citizen Science Project of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, we would like to use scientific methods to create an overview in Austria of where which animals are road-killed and what reasons there might be for this. With your reports, we aim to identify hotspots and mitigate them together with our partners. What does roadkill mean? Roadkill is the term used to describe all animals killed in road traffic. The German term Wildunfall (wildlife accident) falls short as it usually only refers to larger mammals and occasionally birds. This is also reflected in official statistics - data on animals killed in road traffic are mainly collected on so-called "huntable game". Data on all other animal species - including endangered species such as amphibians - are missing. What is the relevance of roadkill? Roads fragment the habitats of many animal species. Applied to human living spaces, this would mean that, for example, the connection between kitchen and living room is crossed by a road. Animals cross roads when, for example, they are searching for food, looking for mating partners or when they are moving between winter and summer habitats (such as toads during their migration in…
Our clear aim is to reduce the number of roadkills as much as possible by getting to the bottom of the causes of roadkills. The first step is to get an overview of the number, extent and distribution of roadkills in Austria. By compiling many individual data into one large data set, we aim to determine under which conditions (weather, time of day, ...), at which locations (forest, meadow, local area, ...), on which roads, which animals become victims of roadkill. In addition to answering these scientific questions, we would like to identify "hotspots", i.e. places where roadkill is particularly frequent. In the future, we will try to mitigate these hotspots in cooperation with authorities, NGOs and communities. The overall aim of the Roadkill project is to raise awareness of roadkill among all participants.
Participation in the Roadkill project is designed to make both joining the project and participating as easy as possible. For example, you only need a username and password to register, and data entry can be done via apps for iOS and Android smartphones, or simply via the internet browser. Our website and apps are developed by Spotteron. If you already have an account with a Spotteron app, you can also use it in our online submission form or apps. Now more specifically, how can you join? Project Roadkill is available as an Android app for your smartphone in the Google Play Store as a free download: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.spotteron.roadkill A separate app for Iphones is also available for free in the iTunes Store: https://itunes.apple.com/at/app/roadkill-spotteron/id1007563102?mt=8 You can also use our online submission form. Before you can actively participate using the Spotteron App, you must register or log in. As described above, we only require a username, email and password for registration or your existing Spotteron user account. If you are driving on a road in Austria and observe a dead animal that has been hit by a vehicle, simply report it via our app for Android or iOS or via the online form…

FAQs

Frequently asked questions on project Roadkill.

Who can participate in the Roadkill project? Anyone can participate in the Roadkill project. The only requirement is registration at www.roadkill.at and internet access. A certain knowledge of vertebrate species is an advantage (but not a prerequisite). How can I participate in the Roadkill project? You can participate in the project in two ways, using your smartphone or our online form. Smartphone: Download the app for Android or iOS devices. When you start the app for the first time, you will get a short introduction to the basic functions. Register in the app. Enter dead animals that you find on roads during your daily trips. Online form Visit www.roadkill.at and register in the map menu on the left side at the "key" symbol. Enter dead animals that you find on roads during your daily trips. All entries are immediately displayed on the map. Can I enter my data worldwide? Since 2021, we have focused on Austria for reporting data. If you would like to report roadkills in other countries, you are welcome to contact our colleagues in the respective countries. In our blog, we have compiled a list of countries with roadkill projects known to us. What happens to my…
We understand our project team as everyone who contributes to the project. Of course our Citizen Scientists are in the center of attention, because without their data reports, the discussions about the recorded animal species and the improvement suggestions for the apps, website and the method itself, the project would not be possible. Some of our Citizen Scientists are also presented in our team blog: Team-Blog: Claus Schindler Team-Blog: Alex Hanke Team-Blog: Werner Reitmeier Team-Blog: Harald Mark Team-Blog: Daniela Loidl Team-Blog: Nikolaus Filek Team-Blog: westrad Team-Blog: Susanne Lutter Team-Blog: Petra Tischler In addition, there are people in the project who contribute significantly to the success, be it through programming and designing the website and apps or through scientific work. We are happy to have such a great team and that it is constantly growing and becoming more diverse due to our Citizen Scientists.   Florian Heigl Principal Investigator. Post-doc researcher at the Institute of Zoology at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. Role: Florian is coordinating the project, writes research articles and also all the content on the website as well as the posts on the Twitter and Instagram channel.  Daniel Dörler Post-doc researcher at the Institute…