Date: 2/3/18 4:00 pm
From: Daniel Scheiman <birddan...>
Subject: Re: Trumpeter Swan question
National and state parks are natural areas where the managers want to
preserve nature and give people to opportunity watch wild animals display
natural behavior. Magness Lake is an artificial pond with an artificially
high concentration of swans, and it is private property so the owner can do
what he wants as long as he isnıt harming the birds. The first swans did
arrive on their own accord. Now it provides the opportunity for people to
see up close a species you donıt have to be a birder to appreciate,
hopefully instilling a love for all birds. And it has helped to bring this
once-extirpated species back to Arkansas. Audubon Arkansas recognizes
Magness Lake as an Important Bird Area for its Trumpeter Swan population. If
the swans were not eating corn at Magness Lake theyıd be eating spilled
grain on ag fields like Trumpeters do in other parts of the state and like
so many other waterfowl, blackbirds, doves, etc. All of those other birds
still forage on natural food sources, just like all of our common feeder
birds do, and I would guess the Magness Lake Trumpeters do during the day
when they are not on Magness Lake, and when on their breeding grounds. Has
anyone observed the swans on Magness eating aquatic vegetation and pasture
grasses too?

Dan Scheiman
Little Rock, AR

On 2/3/18, 5:36 PM, "The Birds of Arkansas Discussion List on behalf of
Glenn" <ARBIRD-L...> on behalf of
<000001214b3fcb01-dmarc-request...> wrote:

I have been to so many national parks, and state parks, where it is common
to see signs like "Don't feed the chipmunks", or "Don't feed the mountain
sheep", or "Don't feed the bears". And always the signs explain how they do
not want the animals to become dependent on humans feeding them because they
forget how to forage on their own. And when the people go away the animals
starve. Yet, the Trumpeter Swans here in Arkansas are fed very well. The
people who own the ponds where they stay feed them corn. People are
encouraged to bring corn to feed the swans at Magness Lake. Are the Audubon
Society and other birding groups okay with this? It goes against everything
I have been taught. What is the feeling in the birding community on this?
Just curious.

Glenn Wyatt

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