• Tom Britt

Beach Goers Will Be Slowing Down For Migrating Birds

Lots of folks in Alamance County head to the beach every chance they get, so here’s a story that might interest you. The speed limit on Umstead Bridge down along the coast has been lowered from 55 to 20 mph twice a day. For the morning commute and the evening commute. It seems the bridge over the Croatan Sound is a nesting spot for Purple Martins. They gather there to get ready for their annual migration to Brazil. Bird lovers complained that as many as 30 thousand of the birds were being killed by motorists on the bridge. State officials stepped in. They have lowered the speed limit to 20 mph at dawn, when the birds leave the bridge to feed, and at sundown, when the birds all come back to roost for the night.

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