Sunday, May 29, 2011

Bad Swan A-Risin'


Lovely morning for a walk around Reeds Lake before the clouds rolled back in - even ran into the mean 'ol mute swan that lives there.

Yes, he's very pretty, but believe it or not the big ones with the orange bills are an invasive species not native to Michigan, and their numbers are getting out of control. The DNR has plans to curb the population by 90% in the next 20 years, and they recently voted to stop releasing injured ones back into the wild. Mute swans run off other birds and destroy nests, they hurt the vegetation in the lakes - and they will even come after you if they feel so inclined.

They sure are nice to look at - just don't mess with them if you can avoid it.