Wildlife and Its Impact on Construction Passenger Pigeon Once the most numerous bird on the plant (~5 billion)-1800s Flocks 1 mile wide by 300 miles long Extinction: 1914 1914 Great Auk Flightless Bird: Hunted for its down Extinction: 1844 Carolina Parakeet Hunted: Fruit Destruction
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Once the most numerous bird on the plant (~5 billion)-1800s
Flocks 1 mile wide by 300 miles long
Flightless Bird: Hunted for its down
Hunted: Fruit Destruction
Last wild specimen was killed in Okeechobee County in Florida in 1904
Discovered by Portuguese in 1507- Extinct by 1681
Hunted by the Maoris in New Zealand (probably never seen by any Europeans)-
Dusky Seaside Sparrow
Red-cockaded Woodpecker (old growth timber of Florida)
It is illegal to “take” an endangered species (take is broadly defined: kill, harm, harass, intimidate, significant habitat modification, etc.)
In Sweden, it was discovered that a particular grout that was used in construction contaminated streams, killing fish and paralyzing cows.
Turbines in hydro power plants have been designed to let fish pass through them unharmed
Dams in the Northwest are being dismantled to restore the salmon populations. (dams block fish migrations)
Jumbo jets on approach to the Salt Lake City airport were jeopardizing the birdlife in the natural wetland areas.
A $200,000,000 project was cancelled in Tucson because the project threatened the endangered red squirrel.
A $4 million dredging project in the Tampa area was suspended for 3 months because of group of endangered least terns began nesting in the area.
A Georgia bridge project was delayed for more than 3 months when it was discovered that swallows were nesting under the bridge that was slated for destruction.
A developer in Ocala wanted to develop a 540-acre track of land. The area was the nesting site for the red-cockaded woodpecker. He destroyed several trees near the site and killed two of the woodpeckers.
The Spotted Owl halted considerable timber cutting in the Northwest. These owls live in the old growth timber.
Several Las Vegas projects were halted when the Mohave Desert Tortoise was designated as endangered.
A dredging project in South Carolina was halted for 3 weeks after the dredging-related deaths of two sea turtles. The project value exceeded $110 million.
Several pieces of legislation on wetlands have been passed in an effort to protect the local wildlife.
A Massachusetts project was halted for 8 months because the developer failed to construct a fence to keep out an endangered species of rattlesnake.
As development continues to encroach on wildlife habitat, clashes between developers and conservationists will continue.