Brett Amy Thelen of Ashuelot Valley Environmental Observatory will provide an introduction to the fascinating new field of road ecology, with special focus on the effects of roads on fish and wildlife. She will explore the science of roadkill and efforts to make roads more wildlife friendly. Brett will be presenting at Tin Mountain’s monthly EcoForum series on Thursday, May 10, noon-1pm, at the Nature Learning Center in Albany.

Brett Amy Thelen is Program Director at AVEO, the citizen science arm of the Harris Center for Conservation Education.  In her work with AVEO, she has coordinated citizen science projects focused on migratory amphibians, vernal pools, rare birds, invasive plants, and fish passage at road-stream crossings.  She has a Master’s of Science from Antioch University New England and an undergraduate degree from the College of William & Mary.

In her presentation, Brett will discuss the conservation impact of road mortality and review a number of initiatives aimed at creating more wildlife-friendly roads.  Participants will learn to look at the roads they travel every day in a whole new way!

The EcoForum lunchtime lecture series is sponsored by The Flatbread Company of North Conway, the Rock House Mountain Baker, and Frontside Grind Coffee. EcoForums are free and open to the public and are presented at noon on the second Thursday of each month at the Tin Mountain Nature Learning Center in Albany. The community is urged to attend to learn more about salient issues facing our natural environment and to hear the views of thought-provoking speakers.