Long Point Causeway Improvement Project

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Ontario Town’s 10-year $2.7 million Effort to Save Endangered Turtles  Offers Global Lessons

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[…]

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The true cost of partial fencing: Evaluating strategies to reduce reptile road mortality

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[…]

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Causeway insights shared with world

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[…]

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Eco-passages County responsibility

By Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer Thursday, January 26, 2017 6:24:45 EST PM Eco-passages provide a safe route between Big Creek Marsh and Long Point Bay as well as letting water flow between the two. Norfolk County and Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation are trying to come to an agreement as to whose responsibility it is to maintain the passageways. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Norfolk County is on its own now that the eco-passages project on the Long Point Causeway is complete. Lee Robinson, Norfolk’s general manager of public works, presented a contract on future maintenance at Monday’s meeting of Norfolk council.[…]

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Causeway Project nears completion

                      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[…]

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Long Point Causeway Project featured in Spotlight on Conservation newsletter

Animex, the British firm that designed and produces wildlife exclusion fencing made from recycled plastics, launched its new Spotlight on Conservation newsletter in October by featuring the work of the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project.  The e-newsletter is distributed to Animex clients and contacts around the world.  What are the challenges you faced? When we first started our mitigation work in 2008, we quickly found out that there were few, if any, projects dealing with reptile road mortality anywhere in North America. As a consequence, we’ve had to do some pioneering, often experimental work to get the job done. We’re[…]

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Wildlife protected from vehicles on Long Point Causeway

Nearly 5-km of fencing and 9 culverts installed along Long Point Road By Alex Brockman, CBC News Posted: Oct 11, 2016 7:07 AM ET Last Updated: Oct 11, 2016 7:07 AM ET Conservationists in southwestern Ontario credit culverts and fencing with reducing road mortality for reptiles on a deadly stretch of roadway. Long Point Road is the only roadway connecting Long Point, Ont. with mainland Norfolk County. The causeway runs parallel to the Big Creek National Wildlife Area, making a deadly crossing for animals there. Reptiles faced threats from vehicles travelling on the roadway for years, with 250 turtles and snakes crushed[…]

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Causeway wildlife crossing project enters final phase

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 By Daniel R. Pearce, Simcoe Reformer SIMCOE – As work on wildlife and ecological protection measures along Long Point causeway finally comes to an end, one key question remains unanswered. Who will take care of the underground passageways that run between the marsh and the bay as well as the low-level fencing that discourage turtles from crossing the road? The citizens group behind the project has raised more than $2.7 million over the past decade for the mesh fencing and construction of 12 culverts that allow safe migration under the roadway for snakes, turtles, and other wildlife. But[…]

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LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL

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[…]

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Watch out for turtles and snakes on Causeway

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 –[…]

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