The Monkton Road Wildlife Crossing

The Race to Save Our Salamanders!
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Marty Illick
Environment
Monkton, Vermont
United States
6 Team Members

Save Our Salamanders and Protect the Rich Biodiversity of New England

 

PLEASE GIVE TODAY TO:

  • Build two wildlife crossings to funnel frogs, salamanders and other animals under Monkton Road in central Vermont
  • Create a safe connection for critical wildlife habitat divided by an increasingly busy road
  • Ensure the survival of one of the largest known populations of the blue-spotted salamander, a species of regional significance, as well as a diverse group of other amphibian species
  • Support science-based and grassroots conservation solutions
  • Participate in a project that will help improve the local and global prospects of amphibian conservation


Project Location

Click here: Location of both proposed wildlife crossings in Google Maps

When you click the link above you will see just how ideal this location is for a healthy amphibian population.  A large wetland abuts a steep, forested area perfect for breeding.  The only issue?  A well traveled road.


The Story

The Monkton Road Wildlife Crossing: Ensuring the survival of a critical amphibian migration corridor.

As this Indiegogo campaign unfolds, an ancient spring ritual is taking place throughout the Northern Hemisphere – the emergence of amphibians from their winter habitat to their breeding pools.  Sadly, one of the largest and most diverse amphibian populations in the northeastern United States must cross an increasingly busy road – which makes this site also one of the most threatened in the northeast.  For years, scores of volunteers have mobilized during peak movement times in the town of Monkton, Vermont in order to assist one of the larger known and most diverse populations of amphibians in the region to cross a busy road.  Despite the dedicated efforts of volunteers, more than 50% of the animals migrating across this stretch of road are getting killed during the annual journey between their upland habitat and vital wetlands where they reproduce.  As a result, a regionally significant population of amphibians is in peril of extirpation.  Traffic rates on this once-rural road are increasing at a rate that has biologists convinced that, without an infrastructure solution, this population will surely die out. 

The good news is that there is a solution.  Shovel-ready plans are complete and project bid documents are drafted.  The total cost for the construction of two wildlife crossing tunnels and associated guide fences at this location is $380,000.  Ground breaking is scheduled for 2014, as soon as a $45,000 funding gap is closed.  Public sources have provided the majority of project design and construction funds through competitive grants, and construction is on target for 2014 – with your help.

This is a multi-partner grassroots effort that has enjoyed global press attention for its innovative approach to reversing an ecological tragedy.  News outlets from as far away as Sidney, Australia and Taipei, China, were covering this story within hours of the announcement of our Federal Highway Administration Transportation Enhancement Grant award. The Lewis Creek Association and the Town of Monkton, Vermont are leading this collaborative partnership that includes federal agencies, state agencies, international non-governmental organizations, private philanthropists, and generous watershed neighbors.  This diverse partnership demonstrates the significance of this site – not just locally but far beyond this watershed.

Recent estimates suggest that one in three amphibian species is at risk of extinction.  By preserving Vermont's amphibians, we can help save important populations in the Northeastern United States and help lay the groundwork for future projects throughout the world.

“This is an exemplary enhancement project, and one that truly embodies the spirit of the [Federal Highway Administration] Transportation Enhancement Program.”  
- Patricia White, Director, Habitat and Highways Program, Defenders of Wildlife

“The fact that for many of these species, large percentages of the population must cross the road to access breeding sites indicates a significant risk of population loss due to road kill.” 
- Scott Jackson, Director, Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation Program, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

“This is one of the most important known amphibian crossings in the state.  It is hard to imagine that the Monkton Road population can sustain this level of mortality for many more years.” 
- James Andrews, Coordinator, Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas Project


The Art

We were delighted when we learned that Woody Jackson had offered to create original artwork for our Indiegogo campaign.  Jackson is best known for producing the artwork seen on Ben & Jerry's ice cream cartons all over the world. 

Woody Jackson's Website

The three paintings he donated are below.






Project Partners

The Lewis Creek Association, a nonprofit organization registered as a 501(c)(3), has offered to accept and manage the tax-deductible donations collected from this Indiegogo campaign.


Lewis Creek Association


Town of Monkton, Vermont



The Vermont Agency of Transportation




The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department


Gund Institute for Ecological Economics


The Middlebury Area Land Trust



Defenders of Wildlife


Trans Wild Alliance


Vermont Reptile & Amphibian Project


Peregrine Productions


$25,932USD
raised by 375 people in 1 month
58% funded
No time left
Verified Nonprofit
$45,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
Campaign Closed
This campaign ended on April 27, 2014
Select a Perk
  • $10USD
    Spring Peeper

    The Monkton Road Wildlife Crossing team will send you a thank you email and a progress report on how the project is coming along.

    30 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $25USD
    Wood Frog

    A magnet featuring the custom artwork from Vermont artist Woody Jackson. You will also receive the "Spring Peeper" level email updates.

    98 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
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    $30USD
    Kids Size 10/12 T-Shirt

    We have a very limited supply of Monkton Road wildlife crossing t-shirts of various colors. See updates for a photo.

    3 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
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    $30USD
    Adult Small T-Shirt

    We have a very limited supply of Monkton Road wildlife crossing t-shirts of various colors. See updates for a photo.

    1 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
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    $30USD
    Adult Medium T-Shirt

    We have a very limited supply of Monkton Road wildlife crossing t-shirts of various colors. See updates for a photo.

    2 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
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    $30USD
    Adult XL T-Shirt

    We have a very limited supply of Monkton Road wildlife crossing t-shirts of various colors. See updates for a photo.

    2 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
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    $30USD
    Adult XXL T-Shirt

    We have a very limited supply of Monkton Road wildlife crossing t-shirts of various colors. See updates for a photo.

    1 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $50USD
    Four-toed Salamander

    A larger, bumper sticker style, magnet featuring the custom artwork provided to the project from Vermont artist Woody Jackson. You will also receive the "Spring Peeper" level email updates.

    36 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $60USD
    Adult Small Sweatshirt

    We have a very limited supply of Monkton Road wildlife crossing sweatshirts of various colors. See updates for a photo.

    3 out of 11 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $60USD
    Adult Medium Sweatshirt

    We have a very limited supply of Monkton Road wildlife crossing sweatshirts of various colors. See updates for a photo.

    2 out of 8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $60USD
    Adult Large Sweatshirt

    We have a very limited supply of Monkton Road wildlife crossing sweatshirts of various colors. See updates for a photo.

    4 out of 6 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
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    $60USD
    Adult XL Sweatshirt

    We have a very limited supply of Monkton Road wildlife crossing sweatshirts of various colors. See updates for a photo.

    1 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $100USD
    Spotted Salamander

    A small print of one of Woody Jackson's original salamander watercolors. You will also receive the "Spring Peeper" level email updates.

    52 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $250USD
    Blue-spotted Salamander

    A larger print of one of Woody Jackson's original salamander watercolors. You will also receive the "Spring Peeper" level email updates.

    9 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $500USD
    Jefferson Salamander

    Your name will be included on a Plaque to be placed on the crossing structures. You will also receive two different larger Woody Jackson salamander prints. You will also receive the "Spring Peeper" level email updates.

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $2,500USD
    Vermont Ecological Champion

    The first three donations of $2,500 or more will receive one of the signed (choice is limited by order of donation), original Woody Jackson salamander watercolors!

    1 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
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