― Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are
We don’t have any creatures like that at the New Irvington Tunnel… unless you’re talking about this 55-ton guy:
Our wild things are a bit friendlier and we take great care to keep them safe. Measures like wildlife exclusion fencing and regular monitoring are among the numerous measures to ensure that environmental impacts are kept to a minimum. Project Biologist and Wildlife Photographer Michael Bumgardner introduces us to some of creatures we protect during construction.
The Red-winged Blackbird is found in North and much of Central America. Males are all black with a red shoulder and yellow wing bar. Females are a nondescript brown.
Wild Turkeys are native to North America and are omnivorous, foraging on the ground or climbing shrubs and small trees to feed.
The Yellow-billed Magpie is a large bird in the crow family found only in California.
To view these and more wildlife and nature photos by Mike Bumgardner, visit www.bumgardnerphotography.com