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Keeping It Simple: Easy Ways to Help Wildlife Along Roads

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Bridge nest boxes replace lost peregrine-falcon habitat

Adult peregrine falcon on the James River Bridge

Conservation students from the College of William and Mary worked with the Virginia Department of Transportation to place peregrine-falcon boxes on eight bridges throughout the state: Norris Bridge (Whitestone); Coleman Bridge (Yorktown); Benjamin Harrison Bridge (Prince George); Varina-Enon Bridge (Henrico County); Godwin Bridge (Suffolk); James River Bridge (Newport News); and Berkley and West Norfolk Bridges (Norfolk/Portsmouth). The lucky birds that have lost homes elsewhere now have safe havens in which to raise their chicks. The boxes have been highly successful. In the spring of 2003, 11 chicks hatched from mated falcons in four bridge nests, and the trend continues. The chicks have also been successfully relocated to their natural habitat.

Laura Southard, (804) 786-6458 or Laura.Southard@VDOT.Virginia.gov



Picture of various animals

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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