Video Local wetlands take a Swan dive
Local wetlands take a Swan dive
Introduced from England in the 19th century as companion icons of beauty, elegance and purity, mute swans have literally taken over the fresh and brackish environments of the Atlantic Coast. They reproduce abundantly, have few predators, aggressively displace native waterfowl and have such a formidable appetite that they eat most of all submerged aquatic vegetation in lakes, ponds and estuaries, which in turn leads to erosion, anoxia and extinction of local aquatic biodiversity and their associated ecosystems. In NYC, the Wildlife Trust, and members of its Bioscape Initiative, are currently studying ways to alleviate this problem. It is true, the swans are hardly to blame. The culprit here is human 'management' - or a lack thereof.