Port Rowan, July 17, 2013 – Ontario’s Species at Risk Stewardship Fund (SARSF) is contributing $211,500 over the next two years to support the installation of more ecopassages that will allow turtles, snakes and frogs to pass safely under the Long Point Causeway. The new funding brings the total of SARSF contributions to the Causeway Improvement Project over the past five years to more than $440,000. Last month, Environment Canada announced it would be providing $223,000 over three years for this work. That brought Environment Canada’s total contribution through its Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk to $710,000. “This[…]
By Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer Tuesday, June 25, 2013 10:09:49 EDT PM LONG POINT – The Ministry of Natural Resources is asking the public to be on the lookout for people behaving suspiciously around area ponds and wetlands. The ministry has received reports in recent weeks of people in the local area helping themselves to turtles in the wild. The reports are disturbing because poaching of this sort can be devastating to species-at-risk. “We are speculating as to why they are taking them,” Emmilia Kuisma, a district strategic officer with the MNR in Aylmer, said Tuesday. “It’s either for the[…]
By Sarah Doktor, Simcoe Reformer Snakes, turtles and other critters will have more opportunities to cross from one side of the Long Point Causeway to the other thanks to new funding. The Long Point Causeway Improvement Project (LPCIP) steering committee recently received approval for $223,000 in funding over three years from Environment Canada’s Habitat Stewardship Program (HSP) for Species at Risk to install up to six new ecopassages along the Long Point Causeway. The funding will enable LPCIP to design, engineer and receive approval for the additional passages recommended in the project’s original feasibility study. “Having that certainty for three[…]
Port Rowan, June 18, 2013 — The Long Point Causeway Improvement Project Steering Committee is looking forward to installing up to six more ecopassages along the Long Point Causeway thanks to $223,000 in recent funding received from Environment Canada’s Habitat Stewardship Program (HSP). Three ecopassages were built last fall to allow turtles, snakes and frogs to pass safety under the 3.6 kilometre roadway. The funding enables the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project (LPCIP) to carry out the design, engineering and approvals work for additional ecopassages recommended in the project’s original feasibility study. Over the next 3 years, the committee plans[…]
LONG POINT – Anyone interested in a guided tour of the Long Point Causeway project can find a good one on YouTube. The Brantford production company Lock3Media came to Long Point last November to shoot a video of the work done so far. The aim of the project is to reduce the incidence of reptile mortality on the 3.6-kilometre stretch of road. The nine-minute video features Oshawa actress and environmentalist Mary Krohnert in conversation with Long Point cottager Rick Levick, co-ordinator of the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project. The segment briefly examines the issues that gave rise to the project and delivers[…]
The newly-installed ecopassages under the Long Point Causeway are featured in an article in the winter 2012-13 edition of Ontario Nature magazine. The article can be found on page 8 at the following link : http://www.vdocshop.com/doc/on-nature-magazine/winter2012-13/2012112201/#0 Since it was established as the Federation of Ontario Naturalists in 1931, Ontario Nature has been a champion for nature in Ontario protecting wild species and wild spaces through conservation, education and public engagement. Ontario Nature is a charitable organization representing more than 30,000 members and supporters and 140 member groups across Ontario.
Please find below copies of and links to several studies that have found that ecopassages are effective in helping to reduce road mortality by turtles, snakes and frogs when combined with barrier fencing that prevent animals from moving onto the roadway and directs them toward the ecopassages. This system of fencing and ecopassages has been installed on the Long Point Causeway. Wildlife use of culverts in Maryland Use of underpass by wildlife in Australia Spotted turtle use of culverts Effective Culvert Placement and Design to Facilitate Passage of Amphibians across Roads Highway mortality of turtles and other herpetofauna at Lake[…]
Above photo : Members of the Long Point Causeway Improvement Committee and dignitaries turned out on a beautiful Friday morning, November 16, to witness the installation of ecopassages on Long Point. Participants included (left to right): MPP Toby Barrett, Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation Vice President Paula Jongerden, Committee Coordinator Rick Levick, “Myrtle”, Councillor Betty Chanyi with grandson Ben Baruth, Committee member Jim Abbey and Biosphere Reserve President Brian Craig. Port Rowan Good News, Dec. 2012 For Rick Levick, Christmas came early this year. “It’s so exciting” said Levick as he watched the wet ecopassage being installed west of[…]
We’ve added a new photo gallery in the “Maps and photos” section under the More Info heading. The photos show the installation of the two types of smaller terrestrial ecopassages for wildlife and the much larger aquatic ecopassage that will reconnect a waterway in the Big Creek Marsh with Long Point Bay while providing safe passage for wildlife under the Causeway. It’s interesting to note that each section of the aquatic culvert weighs 20 metric tons (about 44,000 pounds).
Paula Jangerden, chair of the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project, and Scott Gillingwater, a species at risk biologist and member of LPCIP, show off one of the three underground eco-passages under construction in Long Point during a tour of the site on Friday. The passages will provide a safe thoroughfare for the endangered snakes and turtles that migrate across the causeway each year. By Sarah Doktor, Simcoe Reformer The construction of underground eco-passages in Long Point to protect turtles and snakes from becoming road kill is now underway. “We’re actually ahead of schedule,” said Rick Levick, co-ordinator of the Long[…]