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Curved barriers are part of the efforts to protect wildlife near Route 44 in Storrs. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo) Curved barriers are part of the efforts to protect wildlife near Route 44 in Storrs. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)
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Construction workers are taking precautions to protect wildlife on the University of Connecticut campus in Storrs.

Authorities are taking precautions to protect animals while construction is taking near Route 44.

The engineers and planners are using walls and large culverts to “direct wildlife under the North Hillside Road extension,” according to Sheila Foran, who is the media and editorial associate for the University Communications at UConn.

Bridges were created to help deer pass through the area.

“Before construction even started, we did a background population check on the amphibians living in the wetlands, including salamanders, newts, frogs, and toads. And every spring during construction we have checked on the vernal pools – the temporary water homes where many salamanders and frogs like to breed – to make sure we haven’t adversely affected the populations,” Paul Ferri, who is the environmental compliance analyst in UConn’s Office of Environmental Policy, told UConn Today.

Authorities tried to make a minimum impact on the wildlife.  

“At first the construction workers were a bit skeptical. And they weren’t thrilled about having to add wildlife awareness to their ‘things to do’ list. But one day we were able to show them a large group of tadpoles swimming in one of the vernal pools, and they really got on board the conservation effort. In fact, one of the contractors had stickers made up for their hard hats boasting that the workers had received ‘Amphibian Conservation Training,’” Ferri said.

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