Monday, March 1, 2010
Theme Day--Lake Jackson Ecopassage
This week I am showing you pictures of Lake Jackson, which is a 4000-acre lake located just 7 miles north of Tallahassee. The lake is designated as an Aquatic Preserve by the State of Florida and is home to an abundant population of wildlife including turtles, snakes, alligators, beavers, river otters, frogs, birds and many more. The northwest portion of the lake is known as Little Lake Jackson because it was separated from the main part of the lake when a four lane highway, US Highway 27, was built across a 3/4 mile portion, isolating that part of the lake. Approximately 23,500 vehicles travel along this busy highway each day. Animals attempting to migrate to Little Lake Jackson must travel directly across the highway. The road mortality and attempted crossings, especially of turtles, is higher than has been documented anywhere else in the world. Also of great concern is the fact that wildlife on the highway can be a major threat to motorist safety. Some adult turtles can weigh up to 10 pounds and when hit by a vehicle can act as dangerous projectiles causing injuries and damage to vehicles. Alligators crossing the highway, especially at night, can also pose a serious risk. People have been known to stop and attempt to rescue turtles seen in the middle of the road and this too poses a risk to both the rescuer and other drivers. The Lake Jackson Ecopassage is currently under construction along both sides of the highway and the two pictures above show you what it looks like now. A guide wall is being constructed between the lake and the highway to steer turtles and other wildlife toward a safe passageway running under the highway giving them safe access to both parts of the lake. The ecopassage should be completed by this summer. You can see more pictures and read all about it on this website.
Members of the City Daily Photo community participate in Theme Days on the first day of each month. This month's Theme Day is Passageway. Please Click here to view thumbnails for all participants.