Season's Greetings from the Long Point Biosphere Reserve Board of Directors

We would like to give you brief updates on Biosphere activity via periodic emails. In the following article, Paula Jongerden gives an update on the Causeway Project.

Carrion-Eaters Protest Causeway Construction

But the creatures of the reptilian and amphibian persuasion aren’t complaining! 

Our road mortality monitoring on the Causeway this past summer found only 64 reptiles killed on the road, a 75% decrease from our base line study in 2008; and the lowest number ever recorded since the first surveys in 1979-80.

A Big Thank You to the many local stakeholder groups, Norfolk County and concerned citizens that make up the Long Point Causeway Improvement Plan Steering Committee for their on-going and continued dedication to this great community project. The Long Point Biosphere Foundation is very pleased to be part of this effort - now into its ninth year.

We are also pleased to present photos of some of the beneficiaries of the cutting-edge 'in-roads' (pun intended) being made concerning road ecology - right here in Norfolk County! Indeed, we are proud that the project has received provincial, national and international interest. 

“Hey - there IS light at the end of the tunnel!” A snapping turtle enters one of the wildlife culverts installed last year.
(Photo courtesy of LPCIP)
A Midland Painted Turtle heads through one of the wildlife culverts installed under the Causeway in 2014.
(Photo courtesy of LPCIP)
“Hey wait a minute. Aren’t these culverts just for turtles? Guess not!” (Photo courtesy of LPCIP)
Rick Levick, LPCIP program co-ordinator, and wearer of many hats with the project, has also designed and constructed a 'turtle teeter-totter-like device' to ensure animals trapped on the 'wrong' side of the fence have an escape. 

The device users were unable to comment at this time, but we think they like the facilities...I am sure you can see a smile on that turtle's face! 
Photo courtesy of LPCIP
Photo courtesy of LPCIP
During November, maintenance around the barrier fencing along the Causeway was made possible by the generous loan of an 'ARGO' tracked vehicle from the Long Point Waterfowlers’ Association. (They use this vehicle in their important work in the Crown Marsh related to Phragmites control.)

One of the biggest challenges of maintaining the Causeway exclusion fencing is keeping the vegetation from growing over and weighing it down. The Argo was used to flatten the growth to maintain the integrity of the barrier fencing.
Fencing after maintenance with ARGO. (Photo courtesy of John Everett)
The recently completed phase of the project involved the installation of a large aquatic culvert at the south end of the Causeway this month. We certainly have appreciated the patience of ‘human’ Causeway users during this time.
'Work in progress! Installation of another large aquatic culvert, Dec. 2015.' (Photo courtesy of Brian Craig)
'View Inner Bay at newly completed culvert' (Photo courtesy of John Everett)
A second large culvert will be installed at the extreme northern end of the Causeway in 2016. The last step, if the necessary funding can be secured, would be additional exclusion fencing and two more small wildlife culverts north of Big Creek next year. Since inception, support of  $2.5 million has been raised for the LPCIP!
 
To learn more about this project's history, the milestones, and the people involved, visit our website www.longpointbiosphere.org and follow the links to the Causeway project page.
 
Truly a community effort.
 
Onward and Under!
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