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[…]
January 12, 2016 — Construction of the first of two large aquatic culverts on Long Point Causeway near the former mouth of Big Creek was completed in December. A second culvert will be installed at the north end of the Causeway in 2016. Dredging to connect the new culvert of open water areas of the Big Creek Marsh has been delayed until August due to environmental concerns. When completed, dredging will restore water flow and fish spawning habitat in the Marsh. The construction was carried out by Bre-Ex Construction Inc., of London, the low bidder on a tender issued by[…]
July 14, 2015 – Simcoe,ON Today, Diane Finley, Member of Parliament for Haldimand-Norfolk, announced federal funding through the National Wetland Conservation Fund to support a new project in Port Rowan by the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation (LPWBRF). A total of $580,000 in funding will go to support the installation of two large culverts on the Long Point Causeway that will restore historic aquatic connections between the Big Creek Marsh National Wildlife Area and Long Point Bay, provide safe passage for wildlife under the road and open up large areas of the marsh as fish spawning habitat. “I’m pleased[…]
Safe Passage: A Midland Painted turtle enters one of the new culverts that were installed under the Causeway in the fall of 2014 to enable wildlife to pass safely under the busy road. Port Rowan, July 17, 2015 – Two more aquatic wildlife culverts could be installed on the Long Point Causeway over the next two years thanks to a grant of $580,000 from Environment Canada’s National Wetlands Conservation Fund. The culverts would restore historic aquatic connections between the Big Creek Marsh National Wildlife and Long Point Bay, and provide safe passage for wildlife under the road. The project was[…]
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[…]