Why We Need Wildlife Corridors

Imagine if your very existence, and the existence of your whole species, depended on being able to move one place to another.

Imagine if having a way to to access food, water, to move away from a threat like a flood or wild fire, meant living another day.

Imagine if you just wanted to find some romance, and nobody in your vicinity seemed like a good match.

Now, imagine if a solid concrete barrier restricted that movement.

Imagine if animals were not that different from people in their need for moving around to find the essentials, and their need for help when they got stuck.

This reprint of an LA Times article earlier this year outlines why wildlife corridors are so important. The roads that allow humans the ability to move from place to place and find the things we need to survive and thrive sometimes make it hard for animals to do the same. But there is a solution.

Read:  The Killing Fields for Mountain Lions

Some of Orange County’s animals are struggling with the same issues.

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Please Do Not Paint on the Wildlife!

Recently, one of our members was working in the corridor and discovered something disappointing: Graffiti artists have been tagging under one of the road crossings along the wildlife corridor.

These swallow mud nests have been ‘tagged’ as well. The paint is clearly visible on the nests.

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Swallow mud nests are visible at top of wall

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Spray paint is not healthy for baby swallows! 

It’s pretty terrible that just when wildlife might be getting a chance by having this wildlife corridor in place, their future would be compromised by a senseless act of painting on their nesting sites!

Consider this an open letter to the public to never spray paint on or near wildlife!

 

 

After Decades In The Making, Great Park Developer Breaks Ground on Wildlife Corridor at Great Park

This week marks the groundbreaking of the central part of the Coast To Cleveland Wildlife Corridor. The OC Great Park Wildlife Corridor will link the southern and northern portions of the corridor, and represents the successful collaboration between FivePoint, The City of Irvine, and Laguna Greenbelt, Inc. and its coalition partners.

Read more at the following publications:

https://www.ocregister.com/2018/03/13/wildlife-corridor-at-orange-county-great-park-in-irvine-unveiled-expected-to-fill-missing-link-between-mountains-coast/

http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-wknd-et-oc-wildlife-20180315-story.html

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Photo Credit: OC Register

 

Laguna Greenbelt, Inc. Celebrates 50 Years of Coastal OC Conservation

Today, Laguna Greenbelt, Inc. marks half a century of habitat protection and advocacy.

In 1968, our founder Jim Dilley could only imagine what life would be like in 2017. Initially, he advocated for an undeveloped ‘greenbelt’ about one-quarter the size of the 22,000 acres of protected wilderness parks along central Orange County coast. These wilderness areas are more important than ever in mitigating the widespread development, habitat fragmentation, and climate change occurring in our region and worldwide.

Over the years, we expanded on Dilley’s original vision. We are so grateful to the  individuals, governments, businesses, and nonprofit partners that have helped protect our wilderness for the animals and people that depend on it.

We are always pressing forward to protect our public and private investments in conservation. For example, we are working to ensure sure the Coast to Cleveland Wildlife Corridor is finished and functional. This corridor will create an ecosystem connection between coastal wilderness parks and the Santa Ana Mountains to the east.

Check out coverage by Laguna Beach Independent here: https://www.lagunabeachindy.com/greenbelt-marks-50-years-conservation-advocacy/

More about LGB’s history at: http://lagunagreenbelt.org/history-of-laguna-greenbelt/

Read more about the Coast to Cleveland Wildlife Corridor here.

Become a member and join a legacy of local conservation!