Date: 5/15/19 8:08 am From: Sandy <sandra.wold...> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Frontenac Island Cormorants - can't we coexist?
Let's not vilify the cormorants, and strive to co-exist! Cayuga Lake is enormous; so I find it hard to believe cormorants would deplete a fish population. The eagle and osprey populations have been growing greatly around the lake, so I don't think it would be fair for fishermen to blame a supposed fish depletion on the cormorants. There could be other causes too.
I have enjoyed watching the cormorant rookery in Jetty Woods for the past six(?) years. Before them, I recall when the Great Blue Herons had a rookery there. Do we know 100% for sure that this is a cormorant population explosion or could it be a temporary relocation that might last only a few years? I've seen grackles nest around my home for a few years in a row, then they are gone for a few years. I've seen this cycle for the past six years with them and other species. I think it is a survival strategy to keep predators guessing. Once the nests have been attacked too many times, they relocate. I know I would!
And, yes, they poop and pee everywhere; and while the odor was not pleasant at times, I did not observe any harm to vegetation at Jetty Woods as a result.