What is the Project?
The Long Point Causeway Improvement Project is a community-based effort to revitalize the 3.5 kilometre-long causeway that links the Long Point Peninsula on Lake Erie with mainland southern Ontario. The Project began in October 2006.
The improved Causeway could also provide ancillary social benefits including improved road safety and enhanced recreational opportunities while maintaining the rural character of the Long Point countryside.
Port Rowan, Nov 20, 2014 - Two additional wildlife culverts will be installed under the Long Point Causeway this winter thanks to $120,000 in funding from the new National Conservation Plan launched by the federal government earlier this year. These culverts will provide safe passage for wildlife and potential aquatic connections between the Big Creek Marsh and Long Point Bay.
"This new federal funding recognizes that wetland restoration is also an important ecological goal of the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project (LPCIP), in addition to the reduction reptile road mortality", said Paula Jongerden, chair of the LPCIP steering Committee. Jongerden noted that death toll of reptiles on the Causeway this year was 50 per cent less than in 2008, the first year the Project began monitoring the annual road kill of wildlife on the 3.6 kilometer road.
The LPCIP has worked with staff at Long Point Waterfowl to set up motion sensor-triggered cameras to monitor wildlife using the culverts installed in 2012. "We now have photographic evidence that all kinds of wildlife – turtles, snakes and all kinds of mammals – are using the culverts to pass safely under the road," said Jongerden (Additional photos are available for publication). "Our work has made significant progress in ensuring that Species at Risk reptiles will continue to thrive in the Long Point area, one of Canada’s 16 World Biosphere Reserves," said Jongerden.Read more...
"Never Give Up" book for sale
The Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation has teamed up with local children's author Jan Everett to offer a revised edition of her popular "Never Give Up" book about little Johnny helping turtles cross a dangerous road. The book is based on the true story of her husband John's efforts to rescue turtles crossing the Long Point Causeway, once rated the fourth deadliest road for turtles in North America.
Johnny’s story also reflects the work of local citizens since 2006 to reduce road mortality of turtles, snakes and frogs on the Causeway that is located in the Biosphere Reserve. The group has faced many challenges to their efforts to install signage, barrier fencing and ecopassages along the road but like little Johnny, their motto is "never give up"!Read more...