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Boatload of the dead.

Boatload of the dead.


DEATH OF JUDSON LAKE TRUMPETER SWANS

You've likely heard the story: countless Trumpeter Swans are suffering and dying each year from ingesting toxic lead hunting shot. Nowhere is this occurrence more evident than Judson Lake, a lead shot polluted water body straddling the Canada/USA international border in Abbotsford, British Columbia and Whatcom County Washington (view map).
 
For decades duck hunters have blasted toxic lead shot into the floor of Judson Lake. Tragically, each winter, countless unsuspecting Trumpeter Swans needlessly die from ingesting the lead shot, thinking it is grit (small stones) needed to help digest their food.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Over 2,000 Trumpeter Swans have died of lead poisoning at and near Judson Lake over the past several years.
  • Keeping the swans from using Judson Lake the past two winters (2006 - 2008), although done imperfectly, has coincided with a 75% decrease in Trumpeter Swan mortalities near the Canada/US border since 2004 (We've gone from back to back winters of approximately 400 local mortalities down to two consecutive winters with only 100).
  • Despite the fact that Judson Lake completely dries up each summer, providing the perfect opportunity to remove the lead shot, the Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) and US Government Wildlife Agencies have not allowed the clean up and restoration of this blatant death trap.

ORIGINAL SAVE THE SWANS WEBSITE VIDEO, 2003

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New vegetation.

A crime of humanity.

Collecting the dead.

Tax payer dollars buy fancy collars.

Collared dead

 

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OFFICIAL REASONS FOR NOT RESTORING JUDSON LAKE

"If, by chance, the area is dredged and its use by swans is changed and the birds move off into other roost areas [ponds, lakes, rivers, etc.] that may potentially be worse, we may actually be causing more harm to the swans" (CWS Spokesperson on CTV News, 2003).

"CWS observations are that Judson Lake is not a foraging area for Trumpeter Swans… The body of evidence to date indicates that Judson Lake is not 'a' or 'the' primary source of lead shot causing swan mortalities in the Sumas Prairie and Whatcom County area" (Environment Canada, 2004).

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WHAT GOVT. AGENCIES HAVEN'T TOLD YOU

Over 50 of the dead swans that were examined in recent winters contained more than 100 lead pellets in their gizzards. “The mortalities containing more than 100 pellets were nearly all collected at Judson Lake (spanning the US/Canada border)” (WDFW, 2005).

Only 7 swans that were known to be lead-free when they were captured and fitted with radio collars, and which subsequently died between 2001 and 2004, were confirmed to have died of lead poisoning. "Of these 7 lead-poisoned swans 6 visited Judson Lake (86%)”(Environment Canada, May 31, 2005).

*None of these swans were captured and collared at Judson Lake.

2005/2006 Swan Lead Mortality Soil/Sediment Sampling Project Preliminary Report (University of Washington):

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taringa idiomax mobile translator fullwindows server 2008 r2 x32torrent "Data from the swan lead mortality study [over the past seven years] leading to this sediment sampling project at Judson Lake [US side only] indicates that at least 89% of marked Pb poisoned (exposed to lead after marking) swans used the lake. In addition these swans roosted at Judson Lake 35% of the time."

"Swans have been observed foraging at Judson Lake (presumably on pond lily, a large percentage of the available forage). In addition, during processing of soil samples collected at Judson Lake, lead pellets were frequently discovered entangled in the root mass of pond lily plants. As swans may consume up to 9 kg of aquatic vegetation in 24 hrs (James 2000), it is possible that swans foraging in Judson Lake may encounter and ingest many pellets over a period of days."

"Lead pellet densities in the fields sampled this past winter do not appear to be at sufficient levels to provide for the recent swan mortalities in the Pacific Northwest.
It is possible that portions of Judson Lake are of sufficient density to be the source of Pb pellets for some, if not many, of the swan mortalities we have seen over the past few years."

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“Judson Lake is one of a few lakes in the area that is an important wildlife habitat. It’s an important stopover area for migrating birds.” But it is also a very environmentally compromised lake because, as he explained, “Judson Lake is now in the very late stages of ecological succession. It could very easily cease to be a water body… His goal, Martin explained, is to restore Judson Lake “to a fully functioning lake and, in addition, it would be a side benefit if it helped the swans" (Al Martin, Director, BC Fish and Wildlife Department, January 13, 2006).

“Each year hundreds of swans die from lead poisoning. This is most evident in the area of Judson Lake, a lake that spans the Canada/US border near Abbotsford. Though lead shot was banned in Canada in 1997, a long history of shooting in the area has caused a build up of lead shot on the lake bottom. Swans habitually ingest grit from the lake bottom to aid in digestion, but often eat the fatal lead by mistake” (Comox Valley Naturalists Society, 2005).

THE SOLUTION

PLEASE JOIN THE FIGHT TO RESTORE JUDSON LAKE!


REFERENCES CITED

CWS/WDFW. (2004). Strategic Action Plan Outline For 2003-04. Northwest Washington State and Sumas Prairie, British Columbia Trumpeter Swan Lead Mortality Investigation. La Conner, Washington.

Environment Canada. (2004, May 18). Response to Environmental Petition #99 under the Auditor General Act. Ottawa: Government of Canada.

Environment Canada. (2005, May 31). Response to inquiry under the Access To Information Act. Ottawa: Government of Canada.

WDFW (2005). Summary of 2004-05 Analysis Presentation: for NW Washington – SW British Columbia Trumpeter Swan Mortality Project Operations Planning Meeting. La Conner, Washington.


For more info, feel free to contact Kevin Sinclair at kwsinclair@shaw.ca.

Website Updated March 2008

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