Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Roadway animal mortality is a significant threat to a variety of wildlife species, and in particular to the many kinds of reptiles and amphibians that inhabit Ontario’s wetlands, rivers and creeks, coastal areas, meadows and forests. The Cootes Paradise Marsh is an expansive and significant wetland habitat, and is home to threatened and endangered species of turtles, and other reptiles and amphibians.

Cootes Drive, located at the western end of the marsh, is a barrier to a variety of wildlife that utilize important habitats associated with Cootes Paradise and the lower Spencer Creek system for over-wintering, hibernating, and reproduction. The Hamilton Conservation Authority, Royal Botanical Gardens, City of Hamilton, and local community groups such as Dundas Turtle Watch, has been investigating various methods to decrease the frequency and severity of road kill.

After years of surveying, studying, and using temporary fencing, the Hamilton Conservation Authority has facilitated the installation of wildlife directional fencing along 700 meters of Cootes Drive.This fence is intended to reduce road mortality and allow local wildlife populations to access habitat areas critical to their life cycles. The fence will also provide the opportunity for further study of the effectiveness of eco-passages in an urban environment.

Protecting endangered species, and native wildlife, is a priority strategic direction of the Dundas Valley 50 Year Vision and Strategy. The Dundas Valley 50 Year Vision and Strategy is a comprehensive community oriented strategy focused on the preservation and enhancement of the Dundas Valley’s unique culture, character, and charm.

Fore more information, please contact:
Lisa Jennings
Aquatic Ecologist
905-525-2181 ext. 229