Date: 5/13/19 9:52 pm
From: John and Fritzie Blizzard <job121830...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Frontenac Island Cormorants
It is with great alarm to report & dismay to have seen that hundreds of
cormorants have taken up residence on the ground & in the trees of
Frontenac Island, Cayuga Lake, Union Springs, NY.

The island is owned by the village of Union Springs & I seriously doubt
the village fathers have any idea of what this invasion means. Just last
mo. there was mention of what the village could do to enhance the
condition & beauty of the island. THAT thought was BEFORE the cormorants
descended.

Do any readers have knowledge of what the  village can do to try to get
the invasives to leave or where to seek help?  Yrs. ago there was great
concern, esp. by fishermen & fishing guides when the birds took up
residence on the eastern islands of Lake Ontario, initially Little
Galloo. Besides the fact that the birds eat great numbers of fish,  it's
been reported that their fecal matter is so acidic that it kills any
plant, above or below water that is lands on. On the little islands on
Lake Ontario, wildlife specialists (?) & helpers were eventually given
permission to cover the eggs with a soap solution (I believe) to prevent
them from hatching.

My earlier hope that the cormorants were migrating through was
thoroughly,  finally, dashed this evening just before dark when I went
to the boat launch & saw the hundreds of birds there with more coming in
to roost. I fear they will also invade the areas around Mud Lock & MNWR.

Fritzie B.,

Union Springs






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