Can we help our feathered friends find their way through lands we have altered for our own benefit?
Through clever use of aerial footage and free, easily-accessed citizen-science data, it seems that this inexpensive solution just might work – meshing agricultural landscapes with the needs of wildlife is having your cake and eating it too. The program also presents and excellent opportunity for citizen scientists to become involved with practical, high-impact solutions in a way that was never really possible before.
That being said, more research is needed to identify whether this solution will be viable long-term, however, given the first wave of success with implementing pop up wetlands, the program holds tremendous potential.
Thanks to Fulbright Fellow Jessie Williamson for her expertise in the area. Edited by Stephanie Hays.