Date: 2/3/18 8:37 pm
From: Joe Tucker <000001df0ca37a3b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Trumpeter Swan question
Great response, Dan. Yes, we see the Swans dabbling and eating aquatic vegetation also on Magness and both Hiram Rd ponds. Now, we are seeing the Trumpeters in many other areas of the State... a little corn has certainly let them know this is friendly place to winter over.


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From: Daniel Scheiman <birddan...>
Sent: Sat, Feb 3, 2018 6:00 pm
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 isn’t 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 don’t 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 they’d 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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