Jade is continuing our research on the road ecology of Western Rattlesnakes in the South Okanagan. More specifically, she is conducting ‘Phase 2’ of a project that started with the MSc thesis of Stephanie Winton. Jade is intensively monitoring road kill rates for rattlesnakes (and other snakes, and some amphibians) following a considerable amount of cost and effort in mitigation. Jade also is examining the relationship between gravid female rattlesnakes and roadside habitat.
Co-supervising Jade’s project is Dr. Christine Bishop from Environment & Climate Change Canada (and an Adjunct Faculty Member at TRU). Partners on the project include the National Research Council, the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory, the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, and The Nature Trust of BC.