Sunday, March 13, 2005

$550,00 for bird perches

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, we're spending over half a million bucks to accommodate double-crested cormorants living on the Bay Bridge. Funny thing is, if you've spent much time living in the Bay Area, that really sounds reasonable. Sad, huh?

The Bay Bridge boondoggle has something for everyone -- even the birds.

It turns out that the state Department of Transportation is spending $550, 000 to build a strip of special perches along the new bridge for the double- crested cormorant -- a lanky black bird with a hooked bill and a parcel of legally protected squatters' rights it earned from having spent the past 20 years roosting on the underside of the old bridge.

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