[Tweeters] swan hotline up and running

Martha Jordan swanlady at drizzle.com
Mon Nov 17 18:07:56 PST 2008

This came today, passing it along from WDFW.

Hotline to report dead or ill swans available

November 17, 2008

Contact: Jennifer Bohannon, (360) 466-4345 ext. 281

OLYMPIA - In a continuing effort to monitor trumpeter swans that have
succumbed to lead poisoning, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
(WDFW) has re-established a hotline to report dead or ill swans in Whatcom,
Skagit and Snohomish counties.

People can call (360) 466-4345, ext. 266, to report dead or sick swans.
Callers should be prepared to leave a message including their name and phone
number, and the location and condition of the swans. The hotline is
available 24 hours a day through the end of February.

Some trumpeter swans in Whatcom, Skagit and Snohomish counties, and in
southwestern British Columbia, each winter die from lead poisoning after
ingesting lead shot in areas where they feed.

Lead shot has been banned for waterfowl hunting in Washington and British
Columbia for more than a decade, but biologists believe swans are likely
reaching shallow underwater areas in fields and roosts where spent lead shot
is still present.

People who see sick or dead swans are advised not to handle or attempt to
move the birds, said Jennifer Bohannon, WDFW wildlife biologist. WDFW and
Puget Sound Energy employees, as well as volunteers from the Washington
Waterfowl Association and the Trumpeter Swan Society, will pick up the
birds, she said.

The collected swans also will be among the thousands of wild birds WDFW is
testing for avian influenza.

Since 2001, WDFW and other agencies and organizations have been working to
locate sources of toxic lead and remove it from the environment. For the
third straight year, hazing crews are also working to scare swans away from
Judson Lake, a source of lead poisoning on the U.S.-Canadian border in
Whatcom County, Bohannon said.

Martha Jordan

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