Keeping critters off the freeway |

Keeping critters off the freeway

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL ” An update on a plan to build a bridge for wildlife to cross safely over Vail Pass freeway traffic will be given from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., July 25 at Donovan Pavilion.

Also scheduled is a presentation by Bill Lishman, co-founder of Operation Migration. Lishman is known for using an airplane to lead migrating whooping cranes. Two films have been made about his work.

“Attendees of the event will also receive an update on the status of the proposed wildlife bridge at West Vail Pass as well as see the variety of species citizen scientists are “catching” on film around I-70 between Copper Mountain and Vail,” said Michelle Zimmerman, executive director of the Southern Rockies Ecosystem Project.

The Citizen Science Program trains volunteers to monitor where animals are crossing Interstate 70 between Copper Mountain and Vail. Cameras have been set up along the freeway.

Congress, meanwhile, has given the Colorado Department of Transportation money to begin studying at wildlife bridge, which would be built on the west side of the pass.

For more information, visit or contact Rachel Friede of the town of Vail at 479-2440.

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