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      Lake Erie islands have been invaded by fowl conditions caused by the double-crested Cormorant These flying water fowl are no strangers to this area. The devastation they bestow on local habitat is recognizable from past experiences.

      In an article written by Kristina Smith Horn, she describes an island called West Sister, near the Canadian border, and how it had been stripped of its vegetation. Next to the article is a pathetic picture of trees that had been reduced to nothing but dead branches standing up in the air.

      An interview with a toxicology specialist from the Canadian Wildlife Services makes the situation look more


      bleak than first imagined. Chip Weseloh uses words like massive devastation, and describes how six or more Cormorant nests may be in one tree.

      Imagine passing a cluster of dead trees, and suddenly hearing a loud guttural noise. If these water birds have been disturbed, they begin to defecate and regurgitate all at once. It’s insult to injury.

      These birds affect the insects and the caterpillars and the birds that would use those trees for food gathering, or cover tells Dave Sherman, a wildlife biologist. “It would affect the whole ecosystem from the birds on down,.” he said.

      This invasion is going to require a ...


      • cull, which is the shooting of these destructive birds through a controlled kill. Cormorants had dwindled down to a thousand pairs during the era that DDT sprays were allowed. The shells of their eggs as well as other bird species turned so soft that they couldn’t stay intact long enough for an embryo to grow full term.

        Ten years after the ban of DDT, the eggs are stronger so the cormorant is growing in population again. But, because of nitrates in the cormorant’s droppings, vegetation stops growing wherever these birds come to roost. This disrupts the insect population, not to mention that these birds

        shred apart branches to build their nests.

        Canadian teams of sharp shooters wrestled about 200 hundred of these invasive water fowl, when an animal rights group took the case to court. A judge ruled against them. Since the culling resumed, some 12,000 cormorants have been shot.

        During the interview, a talk with Park Superintendent Marian Stranak describes her attitude about shooting cormorants. “It is my job to keep the park’s ecosystem balanced. The park and the Canadian Lake Erie Islands are some of the few places left in this area that contain Carolinian forest. I think we have to do whatever we can to protect that.”




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