[Tweeters] Seattle Times Article Yesterday—- Re: Swan deaths

Dan Reiff, PhD dan.owl.reiff at gmail.com
Wed Mar 20 00:40:31 PDT 2019


Hello Martha,
There is an article in the Seattle Times, yesterday, Tuesday regarding lead-sickened swans in Whatcom country.
Have you considered contacting them with your report and photos?
Dan Reiff


> On Mar 18, 2019, at 9:44 PM, Martha Jordan <mj.cygnus at gmail.com> wrote:

>

> Hello out there,

> Today it became clear that the number of swan deaths at Crescent Lake Wildlife Area is now substantial. We have a die-off that may be on the down slide or perhaps still actively happening. What we do know is that at least 19 Trumpeter Swans appear to have died of lead poisoning. The lake is a major roost site at this time of year. With the freeze and snow, swans may have gone to nontraditional areas to feed and gotten lead shot or something else is happening. The sad truth is that some birds are already out of the area and may die along the way. We have no way of connecting those deaths to this area and we will never know just how many swans got sick here and moved north quckly.

> For those of you out and about in the Snoqualmie/Snohomish valley area please let me know if you find a single swan that appears in distress or is dead. Also, if you have any observations of swans feeding in particular fields or wetlands from early Feb through now please share them. We (meaning WDFW, NWSCA and others) are wanting to know where these swans picked up the lead shot.

> Thank you for keeping an eye out and for sharing your sightings. Your information may help us get closer to finding the source of lead.

>

> Martha Jordan

> Northwest Swan Conservation Association

> Everett, WA

>

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