DETAILS


Join Rocky Mountain Wild and biologist Paige Singer on a journey to learn about the amazing wildlife and wild places along the (Wild) I-70 Mountain Corridor.

We will view the world outside the windshield a bit differently as we travel from Golden to the top of Vail Pass, accompanied by experts (both in person and virtually) who have been studying wildlife along this roadway for years.  Along the way, we will listen to stories from the newly released Wild I-70 Audio Tour, get insider tips for seeing wildlife along the roadway, and learn about why wildlife try to cross this road and how we can help them do it safely.

Near the top of Vail Pass, we will accompany Rocky Mountain Wild biologist Paige Singer and her project partners to their field research site, where we will check wildlife cameras and learn about Rocky Mountain Wild and an on-going citizen science project that aims to understand how roads, specifically Interstate 70, act as a barrier for wildlife. We will explore what it takes to build a wildlife overpass near this spot, learn about the collaborators in this special project and you can ask all your wildest wildlife questions.


LOCATION



TICKETING INFO


General Admission

Tickets to this event are free. Space is limited.

RSVP Here

SCHEDULE


Saturday, August 18, 2018
9:00am – 1:00pm

Schedule to be determined. Stay tuned.


NOTES


Please wear comfortable clothing, layers (jackets), sturdy shoes. Sunscreen and a hat are also ideal. The hike to the wildlife camera sites are not far, but we will be outside! Be sure to bring your own water and snacks.

We will reach an elevation of almost 10,000 feet at the top of Vail Pass, and the terrain can be a bit bumpy, grassy, and potentially wet – or very sunny! There are no established hiking trails to the camera check sites.

Questions?

Reach out to our Design & Adventures Director, Cate Croft at [email protected]

ABOUT OUR HOSTS


Paige Singer has worked as a conservation biologist and GIS specialist for Rocky Mountain Wild since 2008. She specializes in transportation ecology and geospatial information systems analyses. Over the last nine years, she has gained extensive experience with wildlife monitoring along roadways using a multitude of methodologies, including motion-triggered cameras. Past projects include investigating which monitoring techniques (e.g., hair snares, camera traps, scat surveys or track surveys) are most effective at recording species presences adjacent to I-70 at Vail Pass as well as assessing wildlife use of existing crossing structures along the I-70 Mountain Corridor. Currently, she is part of two research teams – one assessing the relative abundance of mule deer and elk in the area of a proposed wildlife overpass on the east side of Vail Pass on I-70, the other assessing the effectiveness of the wildlife crossing structures recently built on Colorado’s State Highway 9.

Rocky Mountain Wild is a nonprofit organization that protects, connects, and restores wildlife and wild lands in the Southern Rockies. We work diligently to protect public lands for all life forms, and we do this by screening every oil and gas lease sale that comes forth from the BLM for conflicts with wildlife habitat, and with a connected landscape in mind. We envision a healthy future where wildlife and people live together harmoniously.