Regarding deployment of an artificial nest for Trumpeter swans…

http://www.artmetropole.com/
Art Metropole is selling the musician named Peaches’ cast teeth on a necklace…(90 $)- I only mention this because Art Metropole is in Toronto, Canada, where I live, & I did not know they dealt with artist multiples…Now I do…This is interesting to me because if I wanted to make multiples of either my trumpeter Swan nest design, or of my Trumpeter swan decoy sculpture (when I say decoy I mean to attract Trumpeters so you can feed them or put out nests for them…)p.s. the tooth thing peaked my curiosity, wanted to see how much someone would charge for something like that, so I clicked the link to get to the gallery- Had come from the Peaches music official site, which I found after listening to that Subaru song “The boys want to be her, the girls want to be her” on that Sumo commercial, which we Googled after Joseph went to the Toronto Auto Show & had his pic taken with Byamba at Subaru…(phew, that was long, but you get it)…& now I have a new art lead (Metropole maybe)…(serendipity is not just a sailboat)…
http://www.peachesrocks.com Here’s the Peaches music website…(it only looks adult, pretty mainstream actually)…

setting up a Trumpeter swan Aviary in case of emergency or injury: Mainly you just need a breathable enclosure, a simple chicken wire rectangle works fine, indoors or outdoors…(depending on air temp)…A kiddie pool filled with warm water is nice…An opened bale of straw is nice for bedding…Wild bird seed or other nutrient rich food is nice- mushier food like defrosted frozen corn fed from your hands is better for baby or younger swans…If inside your garage, a warm light plugged into a wall can be used if you need to get a good look at an injury(adds warmth too to injury site if your garage is cold)…Don’t leave the light on when you leave…


http://www.amazon.com/Outdoor-Feline-Funhouse-Enclosure-Tent/dp/B000AL5C1Q
Ok, we HAVE one of these tents at home, which would actually work as a temporary hospital for a Trumpeter Swan…Folds nicely too to put in your vehicle…

(this thought may not be easy enough)…
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Folding-Wagon-With-Top-Model-900124/12338863?wmlspartner=neQRQBqOKtQ&sourceid=33616468341083400092 I like this folding extra long wagon…I was thinking if you found an injured Trumpeter Swan, if you are a wildlife professional, you could have this in the back of your vehicle folded up, & unfold it to transport the swan to medical help if necessary… Alternatively you could put the swan in the cart, put alot of water & wild bird seed in the front basket, & put a mesh netting around the whole thing to keep the swan immobilized while it recuperates, or while you take out the fishing hook with pliers gently, or whatever attention needs to be gently given…(Cut fishing wire with scissors or a knife, & remove any hooks gently with pliers if you have them, or with gloves on if you have them, or very carefully with your fingers if you are able…go slow…)(this wagon is only just long enough- so you may have to measure your swans before considering)…
Actually, I think this wagon may still be too short…Can’t figure if the 44 inches includes the basket or not- if it includes the basket it is too short…Better to build one yourself, more fun too, but this is the right idea-ish…!

*higher latitudes means less predation ( however, the increased energy to migrate further North, combined with colder climes as well as freezing of water, must be considered as negative factors that could take away from the benefits of less nest predation)…

*nest predation occurs most frequently in April before tall reeds have grown sufficiently to provide ground cover/concealment…(could the artificial nests be surrounded by artificial tall reeds to increase concealment & lessen nest predation in April when Trumpeters are most vulnerable?) Note: citing the month April may not be correct for a particular location- it actually depends on temperature particular to a geographical area- for the sake of clarity I wrote April based on scientific papers I read, however take this info with that grain of salt…)

*Nest predation occurs less as you go to the interior say of a marsh…nest predation is higher on the edges of the marsh…Concealment is key…

*New Ideas regarding Trumpeter nest Design & deployment: Add tall straw leaves like palm thatch/rain cape/Agave plant leaf straw to edge of nest, standing straight up & tall, in order to hide the nest from direct view…

* deploy artificial nests further North than planned to lessen predation risks…

*Consider the problem: Trumpeter swans need to be near to running water…Water freezes at below Zero degrees celsius…If nests are deployed North of Lake Ontario, they will be abandoned once water starts to freeze in November…Bluffers Park for example only froze in entirety for the month of February 2011…All Swans left for that month & returned as soon as it thawed March 1st, 2011…Those that left did not go far, but merely moved slightly west where Lake Ontario was raging, but still running as liquid water…The shore where they had moved to was covered in groynes (rocks to prevent erosion), & they were unable to swim up to shallower water & walk up onto the shore to land…If nests were deployed ON the groynes, would that encourage Trumpeters to fly up onto the groynes for safety, then proceed into the west section of Bluffers park? (suggestion to attach nest to groynes?)…

*Would the giant Trumpeter swan decoy help trumpeters to identify Bluffers as a safe place? Would the decoy also tell humans to respect the swans there more? (Yes, as evidenced by the success of the giant Canada Goose sculpture in Wawa Ontario)…

More Nest factors to consider:

* if a predator finds a nest, another nest nearby will also likely get predated… Hence, separating nests by territory fools the predators…(However, many Ontario swans are being fed as a group, for example in Burlington-so how could one put out nests for them without bunching them together?)(Well, studies have shown that the swans wintering in Burlington are fine as long as they get food…Possibly also because a wintering swan tends to be bigger than a recently born cygnet-due to fledging times…If a cygnet fledges in late May, June or July (first flight), then by the time winter comes it should be big enough to escape predation…
So basically, preventing predation should be focussed on specifically in warm months of the year, April to October,- & an emphasis on feeding the swans wild bird seed (or other nutrient rich food like organic whole grain breads, defrosted frozen corn niblets fed from your hands, & other delicious fresh treats you can think of- leaving food on the ground is not as useful as hand feeding, since the swans need to be shown that this is food, also, dumping food on the ground can look like garbage to an onlooker, also food with water content will freeze- even a bread pretzel or bagel will freeze & become uneatable…)

Conclusion: From May to October, focus on preventing nest predation, supplying artificial nests, concealing & placing nests, setting up swan decoys to discourage other bird predators or nest borrowers… From November to April focus on supplying nutrient rich food from your hands…

Post-Script: Warm months think about habitat… Cold months think about Nutrition…(This idea is based on what I observe volunteers are Already doing…I have not examined these choices too closely, merely taken them on face value based on the assumption that those before me may know what they are doing…One only hopes…One always hopes…Sari Grove (& Joseph Grove) GroveCanada

Last thought: Deploying nests may be safer & easier on private property than public property due to red tape & permit processes, as well as theft of nest possibility & other human or dog or cat vandalism…Should private property owners with ponds be encouraged to put out artificial nests from May to October??? & then let swans migrate south for winters? To be then hand fed…At Bluffers or Burlington or anywhere else along the north shores of lake Ontario?

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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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2 Responses to Regarding deployment of an artificial nest for Trumpeter swans…

  1. GroveCanada says:

    lso understand that you don’t know that at minus 10 degees Celsius the artificial nest freezes hard solid like webbed hard mesh, not stringy like in hotter climate- so you don’t know that…A hard mesh is not a tripping hazard…
    It’s a climate difference…By the time summer comes it has biodegraded enough to not be stringy but turns into a nesty mush, closer to a real nest…
    Decoys attract birds of the specified species…Duh…

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