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The unlikely squatters of the old eastern span of the Bay Bridge


When you drive along the new eastern span of the bridge, you get a great view of crews dismantling the old eastern span. It’s not an easy thing to do -- crews have to proceed carefully to avoid what the Bay Bridge Seismic Safety Projects website calls a “dangerous spring action effect.”

So, they’ve got a lot on their minds. And then, there’s the cormorants.


To tell us more about the birds, and what’s being done about them, we sent KALW’sLinaMisitzis on a special voyage beneath the old bridge. Click on the audio player above to hear what she found.

LINA MISITZIS: It’s like the birds are the only ones who haven’t gotten the message yet that there’s a new bridge.

ROBERT IKENBERRY: It’s like we can tell them, “this is what you’re supposed to do,” but they seem quite comfortable, and they love the old bridge.

Want a piece of the Bay Bridge? The Oakland Museum of California is taking applications for artists who want to claim some of the steel through the Bay Bridge Steel Program

This story originally aired on November 19, 2014.