Falcons banded at International Bridge

Fast facts:
–  A pair of peregrine falcons successfully nested on the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge, where the birds have been returning for years, raising two chicks.
–  A live video stream is viewable at www.saultbridge.com/falcam. The best time for bird watchers to see the falcons is when they’re nesting in the spring.
–  The peregrine falcon has been removed from the federal endangered species list but is listed as an endangered species in Michigan.

July 20, 2021 — It’s been a productive summer for the resident raptors at the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge, with peregrine falcons successfully raising two chicks this year. One egg laid earlier this year did not hatch.

A falcon sits on eggs in the nest box at the Sault Ste. Marie
International Bridge in early May. (IBA photo)

Karl Hansen, bridge engineer for the International Bridge Administration (IBA), reported on the pair of peregrine falcons that nested on the bridge between the U.S. and Canada. Nest boxes for the peregrines have been installed since 2010 on the International Bridge. Last year, the same pair of peregrine falcons hatched one chick. Over the years, the site has been a great success, hatching 32 falcon chicks since IBA staff started counting the birds, Hansen said.

The chicks, a male and a female, were banded by a Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) team on June 10. Color-coded bands attached to the legs of young birds allow scientists to track the movements, reproductive behavior and population growth of the falcons. Continue reading

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Reminder: Speed limit on International Bridge is 30 mph

March 31, 2021 — The International Bridge Administration (IBA) reminds motorists that the speed limit on the International Bridge in Sault Ste. Marie is 30 miles per hour (50 kilometers per hour).

While the international border between Canada and the U.S. remains closed, essential travel and commercial traffic continues at the International Bridge. Motorists should also be aware that spring cleanup and maintenance projects will begin soon. Watch for workers on the bridge, slow down, and don’t allow yourself to be distracted while driving in a work zone.

More information can be found on the IBA website at www.Michigan.gov/IBA and at www.saultbridge.com. Follow the IBA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/saultbridge.

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Toll adjustment at International Bridge starts April 1

March 25, 2021 — While the international border between the U.S. and Canada remains closed, essential traffic continues at the International Bridge in Sault Ste. Marie. Commercial crossings and essential travelers paying Canadian currency will see their toll rates adjusted downward due to the current value of the Canadian dollar. The changes, effective Thursday, April 1, are a result of the mandated exchange review conducted by bridge officials twice each year. The U.S. fare will remain unchanged at $4. Continue reading

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