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Friends of Animals Announces: Tundra Swan Watching Week, March 5-11 2006

DARIEN, CT — As the spectacular northward spring migration of Tundra Swans begins, Friends of Animals celebrates the presence of these graceful birds in Pennsylvania.

As many as 10,000 or more Tundra Swans (Cygnus c. columbianus) visit Southeastern Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna River valley biannually during their long-distance migrations between the Arctic and the Atlantic Coast of the United States. Some large lakes, reservoirs, and rivers in the Commonwealth are outstanding places to observe and photograph Tundra Swans, the state’s only regularly occurring native swan species.

Friends of Animals’ president Priscilla Feral says, “We encourage visitors and residents alike to observe Pennsylvania’s Tundra Swan resting and migratory staging areas as they stop briefly in Pennsylvania, and experience the joy of appreciating these birds in their natural habitats.”

Pennsylvania-based ornithologist and Friends of Animals’ wildlife consultant Donald S. Heintzelman adds, “Tundra Swans are appreciated for their marvelous natural beauty and wildness, with their breathtaking, seven-foot wingspans, and as an inspiration for the protection of North American wetlands. They’re the perfect focus for Pennsylvania’s ecotourism, bringing photographers and visitors who support rural communities as they appreciate the state’s natural beauty.”

To further enhance Tundra Swan watching in Pennsylvania, Friends of Animals is designating the week of March 5-11, 2006 as TUNDRA SWAN WATCHING WEEK. The full text of the designation follows:

“WHEREAS, Tundra Swan watchers in Pennsylvania and across North America enjoy observing the pre-migratory staging and migrations, of these elegant birds; and

“WHEREAS outstanding places to observe and photograph Tundra Swans are afforded by large lakes, reservoirs, and rivers in Pennsylvania, such as the Susquehanna River from Washington Boro to Lewisburg, Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area in Lebanon/Lancaster Counties, Blue Marsh Lake and sometimes Lake Ontelaunee in Berks County, Lake Chillisquaque in the PPL Montour Preserve in Montour County, Lake Pymatuning in Crawford County, and wetlands along parts of Lake Erie;

“WHEREAS, Tundra Swan watching and photography is developing a new type of wildlife tourism in Pennsylvania,

“THEREFORE, Friends of Animals hereby designates the week of March 5-11, 2006 as TUNDRA SWAN WATCHING WEEK in Pennsylvania and encourages all Pennsylvanians to take advantage of this opportunity to observe the elegant beauty and natural wonder of Tundra Swans.”

A Field Guide to North American Swans

A full color educational resource, A Field Guide to North American Swans written by Donald S. Heintzelman, is also available from Friends of Animals for $4.50 each postpaid ($3.00 each postpaid for quantities of 10 in one order mailed to the same postal mailing address within the United States).

Friends of Animals
777 Post Road, Suite 205,
Darien, CT 06820.