Post Content

RavensMassDOT crews and MassWildlife officials in late April converged on the I-190 bridge over the Quinapoxet River in Holden where ravens were nesting- and peregrine falcons were soon to join them.

The story begins in fall 2011 when a MassDOT District 3 bridge team spotted the raven nest in an area underneath the bridge deck.   They contacted the district Division of Fisheries and Wildlife office, and it turns out MassWildlife had been watching the nest from a trail that passes under the bridge. 

When spring weather arrived, MassDOT sent photos of the nest to MassWildlife, and officials expressed interest in getting direct access to the nest to place tracking bands on the ravens and also place a separate peregrine falcon nesting box in the same bridge area.

Peregrine Falcon MassDOT Crew 2MassDOT District 3 and District 2 bridge inspection crews provided the bucket truck needed to do the job, and on April 26, MassWildlife was able to band four raven chicks and install the peregrine falcon nesting tray beneath the I-190 bridge. 

MassWildlife says banding the ravens assists in research and understanding of the bird and its recent appearance as a nesting species in the Commonwealth.  The placement of the peregrine falcon nesting tray under the bridge may help establish a new nesting territory at the I-190 bridge, the tallest highway bridge in Worcester County and attractive to peregrines.

MassWildlife sent a letter thanking MassDOT employees Mickey Splaine, Jim Nicholson, Bill Drosehn, John Bieg, Don Pride, Mike Dygon and Thaddeus Gumala for working to place MassWildlife experts safely under the bridge to get the job done.

Written By:

Recent Posts

MassDOT Winter Storm Advisory posted on Jan 16

MassDOT Winter Storm Advisory   Overnight snow, freezing rain, and heavy winds anticipated across statewide regions Motorists are advised to allow extra travel time and delay trips if possible    BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is advising travelers that a strong fast-moving   …Continue Reading MassDOT Winter Storm Advisory

MassDOT Travel Advisory: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday on Monday, January 17 posted on Jan 14

MassDOT Travel Advisory:  Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday on Monday, January 17 Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles Service Center locations closed Boston-Quincy I-93 HOV lane opens early today at 1 p.m.; no deployment Monday On Monday, MBTA subways, buses, and The RIDE will operate on   …Continue Reading MassDOT Travel Advisory: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday on Monday, January 17

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $2 Million in Grants to Reduce Air Pollution from Diesel Engines posted on Jan 11

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $2 Million in Grants to Reduce Air Pollution from Diesel Engines BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced grant awards for projects that will reduce the release of harmful diesel emissions into the atmosphere from vehicles across the Commonwealth and help to   …Continue Reading Baker-Polito Administration Awards $2 Million in Grants to Reduce Air Pollution from Diesel Engines