Wing Tags…

http://www.jstor.org/pss/4086820 Effects of wing tags on breeding ring-billed gulls- shows females have problems getting mates with tags on, hatching dates are later, breeding problems due to obstruction from the tags…(this is just a page 1 reference link)…
http://ps.fass.org/cgi/content/full/87/8/1540 *Badly placed Wing tags on Spanish female hens cause feather problems…
http://www.birdwatch.co.uk/channel/newsitem.asp?c=11&cate=__10244 This article talks about wing tags on penguins adversely affecting breeding numbers…

Clearly wing tags are not good for birds…

I am disappointed that whilst energies are still being spent on wing tags on Trumpeter Swans, energy has not been spent on feeding a higher quality food, nor on putting out nesting materials…

The food being fed by volunteers right now is the absolute cheapest animal feed available on the market today…It is a GMO grade bulk thing called “corn” but without the yellow colour, without nutrients, without sugars or acids…This stuff tastes like pure cardboard if you dare to eat it which both Joseph & I did…

I suggest wild bird seed- which has plenty of vitamins & nutrients…A starving bird will eat lead shot, will fly into power lines, will try to “fish” by copying human fisherman & end up getting caught in fishing lines & hooks…A starving bird can’t migrate…Cygnets will be small & won’t fly fast enough to evade prey like snapping turtles or northern pike who are carnivorous…

Take the money you save from not putting on those darn wing tags & spend it on wild bird seed instead of that stuff that is 10 dollars for 50 lbs…

The nesting problem is something else…At the very least straw should be widely available…A floating island would be nice…
I am working on an outdoor Trumpeter swan Sculpture to attract trumpeter swans to our pond during warmer months…(The pond freezes in winter & we had an ice eater machine blow up once already so we are not too eager to do that again…)

About GroveCanada

Artist Statement: I like to push...Push the fold...Innovate...Figure out how to do something then figure out how to do it even better...I get bored once I accomplish something...I can’t seem to make multiples...Once it is done, it is done ; I am not going to make another one...This can hurt profitability...But I feel the paradigm of repetitive production is obsolete...I see a future where pure intellectual innovation will be rewarded without the need to commercialize it somehow...I wonder about the Star Trek idea of a new culture where money is not the driving force...I live that future already... Bio: Sari is an optimist by nature, someone who always sees the sunny side of things, even if there is no sunny side really...She grew up with two wonderful parents & a great brother...Later she married the very best guy in the world, another artist named Joseph Grove...She likes art because it is for her a happy place to be...A place where joy can reside...So she decided to make art herself because that was the nicest thing she thought she could do for people’s lives...I’d tell you more about angst or strife or misery or struggling, but really, that was not the case...But perhaps, because I am Sari ; I am writing this, my perception is warped by my extreme positivity...But, to tell you the truth, life has been good... p.s.You can read more about my credentials on my main website at http://www.grovecanada.ca ...But I have left a few things out, credential-wise... My feeling is:"By their fruits, ye shall know them" which is from the New Testament, Book of Mathew(7, 16-20)... So read my books ; see if the fruit tastes good to you...I feel those are better credentials than telling you something on a resume... p.p.s. I am a Christian...Whatever that word means to you...
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