Monday, March 13, 2017

Muted Swans on Long Island: Environmental issues or not ????

The swan below I photographed on the shoreline of the  Terrell River Park,  Center Moriches yesterday afternoon.

When I got home to edit my photos, I saw plastic was hanging from his beak. It is very difficult for me to understand why people do not take better care of the trash and environment to protect aquatic bird life.
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As it turns out there is an issue with the Mute Swan. Some say there has been the extermination of the species as they are non-indigenous and considered to be a threat. A threat to what I am not exactly sure. The phragmites as a grass species that are extremely invasive. They have choked much of the coastal waterways killing indigenous grass species are not native to NY state.

I reviewed the  Mute Swan - NYS Dept. of Environmental 
Conservation page  2014.

Excerpt: Mute swans are most numerous on Long Island and in the lower Hudson Valley, but they have expanded their range in recent years especially around Lake Ontario. Mute swans can cause a variety of problems, including aggressive behavior towards people, destruction of submerged aquatic vegetation, displacement of native wildlife species, degradation of water quality, and potential hazards to aviation. This plan supports actions by DEC to minimize the impacts of swans, while allowing them to remain in urban parks and other controlled settings. DEC recently adopted regulations listing mute swan as a "prohibited" Invasive Species, which prohibits the sale, importation, transport, or introduction of this species in New York.
http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7076.html

Below is from an article on the 27East web page by Kyle Campbell:


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released a revised mute swan management plan after negative reaction to the original plan to eliminate all mute swans on Long Island by 2025.  DANA SHAW The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released a revised mute swan management plan after negative reaction to the original plan to eliminate all mute swans on Long Island by 2025.  DANA SHAW The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released a revised mute swan management plan after negative reaction to the original plan to eliminate all mute swans on Long Island by 2025.  DANA SHAW The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released a revised mute swan management plan after negative reaction to the original plan to eliminate all mute swans on Long Island by 2025.  DANA SHAW
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released a revised mute swan management plan after negative reaction to the original plan to eliminate all mute swans on Long Island by 2025.  DANA SHAW The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released a revised mute swan management plan after negative reaction to the original plan to eliminate all mute swans on Long Island by 2025.  DANA SHAW The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released a revised mute swan management plan after negative reaction to the original plan to eliminate all mute swans on Long Island by 2025.  DANA SHAW The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released a revised mute swan management plan after negative reaction to the original plan to eliminate all mute swans on Long Island by 2025.  DANA SHAW
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released a revised mute swan management plan after negative reaction to the original plan to eliminate all mute swans on Long Island by 2025.  DANA SHAW The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released a revised mute swan management plan after negative reaction to the original plan to eliminate all mute swans on Long Island by 2025.  DANA SHAW The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released a revised mute swan management plan after negative reaction to the original plan to eliminate all mute swans on Long Island by 2025.  DANA SHAW The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released a revised mute swan management plan after negative reaction to the original plan to eliminate all mute swans on Long Island by 2025.  DANA SHAW
 Mar 10, 2015 4:36 PM

In response to public backlash to its proposal last year to eradicate mute swans, the State Department of Environmental Conservation this week rolled out a new policy to deal with the birds on Long Island and elsewhere in the state—one that is less focused on slaughtering them.

While the original plan allowed for the capture or killing of all free-range mute swans, with the goal of eliminating every mute swan in the state by 2025, the new proposal, which was announced Monday, has a more nuanced approach that emphasizes education and regional handling of the issue, and targets the impact of the swans rather than the animals themselves.
http://www.27east.com/news/article.cfm/East-End/99304/DEC-Rolls-Out-New-Plan-For-Dealing-With-Mute-Swans

The creek I live on and walk daily has lost three swans this last month. Hard to say what happened. But of the two mated breeding adult pairs nesting on the creek for several years, only one bird can be is seen today.
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