Features

Pond life

enjoying nature

by Debbi Collar

Back at Ell Pond once again are our aptly named
swans,"Mel" and "Rose," have returned. However,
they have moved their nest to a new location in
favor of a more isolated location. Following their
loss of eggs for the last two years, the pair are
protective of their seven young cygnets of 2016.


Mel and Rose nesting in a new location

Also returning to the waterfront property are ducklings,
turtles and one very large heron. Geese have also been
spotted. Herons and turtles can be predators of cygnets,
and ducklings. Many Melrose residents are keeping close
watch on all of the new families around the pond.   


Taking up residence in and on Ell Pond.

Humans sighting the wildlife are asked to enjoy watching
as the little ones learn rom their parents but please
don't feed any of them. It is best for their parents to
teach them to forage for themselves or they lose the
ability and depend on being hand fed. In the past few years,
the swans had eggs, yet, according to Animal Control Officer,
Coral Hope, one nest of eggs was "washed away in a storm."  
Another year, "overfeeding by humans, "brought out critters."  
Some of those "critters" were and are predators of the cygnets.

Please remember as well to give all of the wildlife space and  
watch them from a distance as they are protecting their young
and can be aggressive .

Should our readers come across an injured animal of any time,
it is best to ontact the Melrose Animal Control Officer, Coral
Hope. She can be reached at 781-979-4102.If she can not be reached,
she suggests checking the website mass.gov and typing Problem
Animal Control into the search engine for pest extraction. The
same website may also be used for  those concerned about injured
animals. "there is a list," she says and in this case, type in
"Wildlife Rehabilitators."  Information and facts about wildlife
is on the web page.

Also keep in mind that the New England Wildllife Center, located in
Weymouth, is an helpful organization and employees are well trained
to handle each wildlife situation.  Their telephone # is 781-682-4878.
Their location is 500 Columbian Street South Weymouth, MA 02190. Also
on site are veterinarians who call themselves " the odd pet vets."
Doctors Greg Mertz, Robert Adamski and Lisa Trout all have specialized
training in dealing with a variety of wildlife and exotic animals. It
was Dr. Mertz who started the "Odd Pet Vet" program. To check out the
work they do, go to their website, "newildlife.com." Many questions are
answered on this website as well.  Hours of operation and admission days
for injured wildlife are also listed.

Although they are located  a distance from Melrose, they are only a phone
call away but will be happy to assist residents in Melrose and its
surrounding communities in finding licensed rehabilitators for animals in
trouble.  


One tired cygnet chooses a ride on mom's back rather
than
swimming with its brothers and sisters.


The first person to call though would be the Animal Control Officer in your
own city or town.



June 3, 2016


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