Stop the Annihilation of an Entire Cliff Swallow Colony

Target: Caroline Mulroney, Minister, Ministry of Transportation Ontario

Goal: Protect the colony of Cliff Swallows under the Argyle Bridge before it is demolished.

The Argyle Bridge in Ontario is home to the largest colony of Cliff Swallows in the area. Yet it is slated for demolition and reconstruction, posing a serious threat to the birds. The new bridge design does not allow the swallows to make nests as they cannot build on a metal structure, putting the 65 current nests and their residents in danger. Animal protection regulations are being blatantly ignored since any colony over eight nests must be protected.

The government is paying $2 million to protect the local mussel population in the water, but refuses to make any changes to help the Cliff Swallows. This is especially negligent since simple solutions, such as coating the metal beams, would allow the swallows to safely nest.

Sign this petition to urge the government to responsibly care for a protected migratory species, and safeguard the Cliff Swallows.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Honourable Mulroney,

The destruction of the Argyle Bridge also spells destruction for the Cliff Swallows that find homes under its arches. Simple measures can be taken to make the new bridge a suitable habitat for these animals, yet your government is failing to take adequate measures.

The 65 nests under the bridge make perhaps the largest colony in southern Ontario, and it is negligent to ignore the significance of a nest site of this magnitude.

The project is clearly concerned about its environmental impact, as indicated by the vigilance of the mussels in the water, and I urge you to safeguard all animals who are impacted by this construction.

Protect the vulnerable Cliff Swallows under Argyle Bridge.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Ingrid Taylar

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3 Comments

  1. Paula Morgan says:

    Why should you go out of your way to help swallows? Because it is the right thing to do. We are now living in another silent spring. A world without birds is a world of beauty once heard and seen, but no longer. Birds help with pollination and make the world more enjoyable. There is a way you could stop the death of so many but it’s up to you. Industry needs to do something kind which would encourage the public to like the industry not see them as the enemy. Killing so many birds for inconvenience is not going to improve the industry’s image. WHY ARE WE HUMANS SO HELL BENT ON MAKING A BUCK NO MATTER WHO OR WHAT IT HURTS?

  2. More psychological sickness from within the Canadian govt. What else is new? The title “Honourable” should either be rightly EARNED, or if not, totally scrapped these days.

  3. These vile, uneducated ,animal hating Canadian politicians need to be wiped off the planet and turned into fertilizer!!

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