A newly completed project in a remote corner of southwestern Ontario is being hailed as a landmark achievement in the protection of at-risk species and a model for other communities around the world seeking to reduce the number of animals killed on roads that run through fragile ecosystems. 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 – representing more than 100 species of reptiles, amphibians, mammals and birds – were[…]
One of the deadliest roads in North America for species at risk fragments a marsh-lake ecosystem. To reduce road mortality, stakeholders installed >5 km of exclusion fencing along a southwestern Ontario, Canada, causeway in 2008–2009. Between 2012 and 2014, 7 culverts were installed to provide safe crossings. We evaluated the success of these mitigation strategies by 1) comparing results of road surveys conducted 5 years before and 5 years after fencing installation; and 2) monitoring use of culverts by turtles using motion-activated cameras at culvert openings and stationary antennas placed to detect movements of passive integrated transponder (PIT)-tagged turtles (68 Blanding’s[…]
By Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer Friday, May 26, 2017 5:13:23 EDT PM The organizers of the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project are bracing for a wave of inquiries now that their efforts have been featured in a prestigious wildlife journal. Readers in this part of Ontario will have seen updates on the project over the past 10 years. That experience went international Friday when an in-depth article was posted on the Wildlife Society Bulletin website. Rick Levick of Toronto, co-ordinator of the causeway project, expects to field numerous emails and phone calls from individuals and wildlife professionals who want to[…]
The crew from Simon Construction of Waterford began installing the last wildlife culvert on the Long Point Causeway earlier this month. Port Rowan, ON (Jan. 16, 2017)– Construction of the last of the 12 culverts planned for installation along the Long Point Causeway is underway this week. Another small terrestrial culvert was installed by Robert M. Simon Construction Ltd., of Waterford, in December under the same contract with Norfolk County. As well, a large aquatic culvert was built by Bre-Ex Construction Ltd., of London, in November and about 1,200[…]
A Snapping Turtle enters one of the four small culverts under the Causeway. Two more small culverts and one large aquatic culvert will be installed this fall, bringing the total number to 12 culverts under the 3.6-kilometer road. Port Rowan, Sept 29, 2016 — The Long Point Causeway Improvement Project is slated for completion this fall thanks to funding from Environment Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and the US National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). The Project is a community-based initiative that began 10 years ago as of next month. The planned work includes the installation of up[…]
Port Rowan, June 13, 2016 –Local drivers and visitors to the Long Point area should be extra watchful for turtles and snakes crossing the Long Point Causeway and other Norfolk County roads near wetlands, says Rick Levick, coordinator of the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project. For instance, this year’s cool spring weather has delayed the annual movement of turtles to nesting sites and summer habitat. The project’s weekly monitoring of reptile movement and mortality on the Causeway found hardly any turtles and snakes on the road last month. “We only recorded three reptiles killed on the road in May –[…]
By Jacob Robinson, Simcoe Reformer Members of the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project are reminding motorists to slow down and watch for turtles crossing the road in search of nesting sites. An unusually cool spring combined with high water levels has meant a slow start to the nesting season. Seen here is Causeway Improvement Project coordinator Rick Levick. (JACOB ROBINSON Simcoe Reformer) LONG POINT – Our turtle friends haven’t disappeared, they’re just moving a little slower these days. Members of the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project (LPCIP) have long advertised the need for motorists to slow down and watch for turtles[…]
View a PDF introducing the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project. The slides in this file were originally presented to the Carolinian Canada Ecosystem Recovery Forum on October 29, 2014. They are a good overview of the goals and history of the project.
View a PDF with photos of many species of wildlife using our culverts.
Five more culverts were installed under the Long Point Causeway this winter to provide safe passage for wildlife and potential aquatic connections between the Big Creek Marsh and Long Point Bay. Initial plans called for only three culverts to be installed but two extra were added to the construction contract thanks to $120,000 in funding from the new National Wetlands Conservation Fund launched by the federal government last year. Funding for the initial three culverts came from Environment’s Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk and Ontario’s Species at Risk Stewardship Fund. To date, the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve[…]