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SR 62 Morongo Basin Wildlife Connectivity Study

Camera traps will be deployed at bridge and culvert structures, alongside the right of way (ROW) and in remote areas to the East and West of SR 62. The cameras at the structures will tell us which animals are going through the bridge or culvert openings beneath the highway. The roadside cameras will tell us what animals are doing near the highway, but away from a crossing structure. The remote cameras tell us what animal species are in the area, but which may or may not be crossing the highway.

Noise and Light Pollution

Artificial noise and light can disturb natural wildlife behavior and potentially reduce wildlife use of crossing structures built to facilitate their crossing over and under state highways and interstates. In this study, we examine the role of artificial noise and light from traffic in wildlife species presence, activity, and willingness to use crossing structures.This research is intended to inform design and construction of crossing structures to enhance wildlife connectivity.