4 December 2019
The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI) has permanently removed the three nesting boxes for peregrine falcons on the original Champlain Bridge. This delicate operation was carried out by Skytech, sypervised by Falcon Environmental Services (FES) in preparation for the deconstruction of the Champlain Bridge, which will begin in 2020. The nesting boxes had to be removed now, as these birds return in early April to start their families.
However, two nesting boxes have been installed on the Samuel De Champlain Bridge to help the falcons move into their new homes on this structure. FES noticed that one falcon had already moved into its new condo! This is a great indication that the transition for the birds is going well.
JCCBI has been working with FES since 2002 to implement compensatory and mitigation measures for the birds, such as installing nesting boxes, setting up a safety perimeter around our work sites during nesting periods, monitoring the birds regularly, or even intervening when necessary.
For more information about the removal of the nesting boxes, see the article in La Presse by clicking here.