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Man-Made Animal Bridges and Crossings

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I recently read a post on the internet regarding man-made animal bridges to allow different types of wildlife (Elk, Bear, Deer, antelope, crabs, birds and many more) to cross busy highways or roads safely to the other side (most, if not all bridges are in migration paths). In addition to bridges, man-made structures of corrugated pipe or small, concrete waterways are also built under highways and roads to allow various wildlife to pass safely to the other side. I quickly perused through the list of categories and could not find anything that these animal crossings would fit into an existing category (Fish Ladders and Turtle Crossings are existing categories and would be excluded from this potential category.

 

Below are a few pictures I found on Google that highlight what I'm referring to. The simply-built corrugated metal pipes under roads are probably not worthy of category inclusion unless there was a nearby interpretive display that highlighted its purpose. My goal would be to find the more-substantial animal crossings like the earth bridges across highways and roads and other similar crossings. But I would be receptive to crossings of a smaller scale if they catered to a particular species (like a crab, a penguin or a duck) and had some additional information (such as a placard, sign, newspaper article, etc.) that accompanied them.

 

Any thoughts or opinions on these man-made structures that may or may not be a good candidate for a new category? I know they exist worldwide and I find them interesting and very eco-friendly. They are not that prevalent (I've come across only one in my neck of the woods in Oregon), so they wouldn't be so commonplace as to make them too mundane to waymark -- but could possibly be too limited to allow enough interest in them. I guess replies here will dictate which direction to go.

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I know two large structures. Both are easy to see and identify from the highway or train. But I guess it could be really difficult to access the closer area from outside to take pictures.

 

Then I know some frog tunnels under rural roads. They are no beauties, but why not?

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I suspect the sites would become drive-by waymarks.  In most cases, parking is prohibited near these crossings so as not to interfere with the animal traffic.

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Funny. A few days ago I read about a bridge that is being built to help wild animals cross a future railroad track. I thought "Would that be a good idea for a waymark category?", but the next thought was "probably not prevelant enough". Anyway, I think it's a good idea and with some research it should be possible to find such locations.

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While in Montana we noticed several of these tunnel crossings for cattle in open range.  Who knew we should take pictures for a new category idea. :-) 

 

Leave it to theBeav69 to come up with this, nice to see you are back on the forums and more active with Waymarking...

 

 

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Just yesterday I watched "Wild Ways: Corridors of Life" on our PBS station. 

The Y2Y: Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

 Area: 1.3 million square kilometers / 502,000 square miles
    Length: 3,200 kilometers / 1,988 miles
    Width: Varies between 500 to 800 kilometers / 310 to 496 miles
    The region spans five American states (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming), two Canadian provinces (British Columbia and Alberta) and two Canadian territories (Yukon and Northwest Territories)

Wildlife corridors are worldwide and as awareness increases so will these safe passages. 

I like the idea and what it represents. 

Check your local PBS station for the current schedule. 

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I think I've read enough positive feedback to create a group for others to join and become potential officers. 

I've named the group Man-made Animal Bridges and Crossings.

All are welcome to join, provide feedback and support this potential category idea.

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There has to be a joke somewhere about a bridge with crabs...  
Anyway, very interesting idea for a catergory.  Again, my one concern would be for the logging requirements keeping both man and beast safe.

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I've created a category for Man-made Animal Bridges and Crossings and will be working on a description in the next few days. Stay tuned...

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This category is being tweaked and will soon be submitted to an officer vote in preparation for Peer Review since there is enough interest in the category to move forward.

More to come...

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