Manhattan family bikes across New York to help save wildlife
Sun, 06 Jul 2014 01:54:11 GMT —
For the Scott family, it's always a good day for a bike ride.
Sho Scott is riding with his Dad and sister from his Manhattan home to Niagara Falls and back. "This isn't the first trip. It's actually the shortest trip we've done," says Scott.
The family has continued to build on this experience. They've ridden around Iceland, Western Europe and the Lewis and Clark trail in Montana, so unfamiliar roads on the Erie Canal Trail in Syracuse are nothing new to this family. They stopped for a day to rest on Saturday in Syracuse.
"Sometimes you're on roads with cars, but it's beautiful. So you're going past lakes, we see redwing blackbirds, horses, geese, everything," says Charles Scott.
After leaving their home next to the East River in Manhattan and started riding through mid-town traffic, the Scott's started on a five week journey across the state.
They're trying to help keep wildlife safe by documenting all roadkill they see on their trip for a public database which records all animals killed across the country.
Along with other's riding along roads across the U.S. they are part of the group Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation.
They take pictures and report any information about what they see to Dr. Fraser Shilling at the University of California Davis's Road Ecology Center.
This information helps governments around the country decide if they need to install bridges and tunnels to keep both animals and people safe.
"Florida has done a great job protecting a Florida panther and they use a combination of fencing which leads to a natural overpass to keep the panther safe," says Charles Scott.
With the future of Interstate 81 still being debated, Scott says the DOT should do a wildlife study here in Syracuse before making any plans permanent.
"There are some very simple ways that are not expensive to greatly reduce the impact that a road will have on an ecosystem and also reduce the chances for accidents," says Charles Scott.
The family believes if everyone pitches in by reporting any road kill they see anywhere they are throughout the country, it could save animal's lives in the future.
"We could easily fix that by putting an underpass or an overpass on a highway or interstate and the deaths would go down by so much," says Sho Scott.
The Scott's keep a blog going, so everyone is updated on where they are and what they're doing.