Long Point Causeway Improvement Project

Ontario Town’s $2.7 million Effort to Save Endangered Turtles Offers Global Lessons

A project in a remote corner of southwestern Ontario is being hailed as a landmark achievement and a model for other communities around the world.

For decades, the causeway linking Lake Erie’s Long Point peninsula with mainland Ontario was among the deadliest places in North America for threatened and endangered reptiles. Researchers estimate that, since 1979, as many as 10,000 animals per year were killed by traffic on this 3.6 km stretch of two-lane road.

The Long Point Causeway Improvement Project has changed all that, dramatically reducing the incidence of fatal interactions between vehicles and wildlife by installing special fencing and culverts, and through public awareness campaigns and signage.

Watch a guided tour of how our eco-passages save wildlife

Our sponsors

Environment Canada – Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk Environment Canada – National Wetlands Conservation Fund Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources – Species at Risk Stewardship Fund US National Fish and Wildlife Foundation – Sustain Our Great Lakes program Norfolk County Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Aylmer District Nature Conservancy of Canada Shell Canada — Fueling Change Environmental Fund TD Friends of the Environment Ontario Ministry of the Environment – Great Lakes Guardian Fund Environment Canada – Science Horizons program Environment Canada – Canadian Wildlife Service Parks Canada Bird Studies Canada Long Point Bay Anglers Association Long Point Country Chamber of Commerce Long Point Region Conservation Authority Long Point Ratepayers Association Long Point Waterfowl Long Point Waterfowlers Association Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation Norfolk Field Naturalists Ontario Ministry of Transportation Upper Thames River Conservation Authority