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Keeping It Simple: Easy Ways to Help Wildlife Along Roads

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Peregrine falcons "relocate," thanks to human-made nest boxes on bridge piers

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In Bridgeport, Connecticut, one of only two peregrine falcon pairs in the state has moved from a bridge catwalk to a bridge pier. In early 2001 when the Interstate 95 P.T. Barnum Bridge had to be expanded and the span and falcon nest removed, the Connecticut Department of Transportation built two nest boxes on Pier 11 and Pier 16 under the bridge and a third nest box on Pier 13, the pier closest to the original nesting site. The falcon pair returned to the bridge and nested in the box on Pier 13, where they produced two healthy chicks. Since falcons eat pigeons, the new nest boxes also help keep unwelcome pigeons (and pigeon droppings) off the bridge.

Mark Alexander, (860) 594-2931 or

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Doing the right thing - simply

"Keeping it simple" is more than a concept. It's a commitment.

It means using simple solutions when simple solutions will work.

It involves going beyond "compliance" to identify easy ways of helping wildlife and fish.

It means doing the right thing just because it's the right thing to do and because one has an opportunity to do it.

"We can build bat roosts in pre-fab bridge concrete or extend the right-of-way fence to create elkproof fencing," says April Marchese, Director of FHWA's Office of Natural and Human Environment. "Simple measures like these link habitats, reduce roadkill, and save taxpayer dollars."

This website highlights more than 100 simple, successful projects from all 50 states and beyond. Each is "easy." Most are low- or no-cost. All benefit wildlife, fish, or their habitats.

Many projects were completed only once - to protect specific species in specific environmental conditions. Others have been repeated numerous times and have become "routine."

Some projects are undertaken regularly because research has proven them effective. Others are new innovations, "best practices," or state-of-the-art strategies.

Some projects - for example, modifying mowing cycles and installing oversized culverts in streams - are common to a large number of states. Others represent a simple solution to a site-specific environmental challenge.

We invite you to explore them all. We encourage you to find out for yourselves, through this website, how transportation professionals are working with others to do the right thing for wildlife and--wherever possible--to do it "simply."

Updated: 12/12/2012
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