I-90 wildlife crossing animal GIFs!
Conservation Northwest / Jul 11, 2014 / I-90 Wildlife, Wildlife Crossings
Happy Friday Conservation Northwest members and supporters! Want to close out your work week with something special?
Check out these awesome animal GIFs from the Washington State Department of Transportation’s remote cameras!
The deer, coyote, geese and merganser ducks below are some of the first animals to use the two Gold Creek undercrossings in the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project.
Conservation Northwest is the administering organization and a Steering Committee member of The I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition. The Coalition grew out of The Cascades Conservation Partnership, a campaign that played a lead role in acquiring and protecting over 34,000 acres of forest habitat just north and south of I-90 from 2000-2004.
The stretch of I-90 around Snoqualmie Pass bisects an area that U.S. Forest Service biologists have long recognized as “a critical connective link in the north-south movement of [wildlife] in the Cascade Range.” The Washington State Legislature has funded construction of the first 6.5 miles of the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project, which includes the three wildlife underpasses that are completed already (2 at Gold Creek and 1 at Rocky Run). Next year construction will begin on the first wildlife overpass!
The wildlife underpass at Gold Creek benefits wildlife in the area as well as species like fish and waterfowl living in and on the creek itself, including a resident population of endangered bull trout.
To learn more about the project and it’s benefits for people and wildlife, please click here.