Nest for a Trumpeter swan

Nest for a Trumpeter swan…

(I should mention, these were designed for freezing cold winter weather…The swans sit on the ice of Lake Ontario in the winter…This is because when they are land, people come by with their dogs & the swans get scared…So they backtrack to the ice & sleep there…

When I put some of my test nests down on the ground near the water, the nests get hard from the very low temperatures…So what appears to be a tripping hazard, is not actually…

The Sisal rope was an earlier prototype, I did switch to a water-resistant rope that I was able to knot at a much tighter weave…

Also, putting some hay on top of the nest is a nice luxury…

I also took some of the thick colourful plastic wild bird seed bags that were now empty, & knotted them together into a flat circle shape, & used that UNDER a swan nest…This made the whole thing warmer…

My biggest problem was human predators…Parks & recreation people coming by & deciding to “clean” up by throwing the nest into the garbage bin…

These people even destroy natural swan nests, which should be illegal, but when a government agency does something illegal they call that a “Permit”…

It’s like when ambulances or police cars speed, or the children of diplomat’s kill somebody while drunk driving…It is all ok, because they work for the government…

Anywhoo…)

 

There is a how to on Instructables (see GroveCanada there)…

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-Trumpeter-Swan-Nest/

Sisal rope prototype…

 

 

This one is water-resistant ropes at 750 feet in diameter 3/8 of an inch…(I made 8 different ones to get the design right…) About 43 to 48 inches in diameter…by Sari Grove, with help from swan fanatics…(also got help from Pepsi art grants)…

 

 

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(Biography chatter:from my Author Central page on Amazon-Grove Health Science is a series of 12 books now!) Hi...I'm Sari Grove...Sari sounds like Mary...Grove is the last name I took from my husband, 'cause it is a really nice name, & he was very very good looking, & I married him, & my maiden name, the name I grew up with, was "Slatt", which could be turned into all sorts of unfortunate words, which is why when I was looking for a mate, I sought someone with a cool last name...(I cannot tell you how many totally worthy men I had to ignore due to their last names being unmelodic or otherwise unsuitable...) Grove Canada is a pen name, mostly because when I needed a web address, I could not get Grove.com or even grove.ca, so I just got GroveCanada, due to a serious lack of imagination in that moment...It stuck, so I still use it...I thought this time, if I used Grove Canada as a pen name, that maybe you might look up my blog online, at GroveCanada.ca, & enjoy the freshness of getting information from the horse's mouth, up to the minute, rather than the instant obsoleteness that a book creates...Like a car depreciates as soon as you buy it-a book is old as soon as it is published...For a Virgo perfectionist, this inability to easily update, with a new chapter, with new research, causes me constant worrisome self-abnegating, consternation... I use those dot dot dot things, the etcetera symbol, at the end of my sentences, as a habit-you will always know it is me writing, you will always pause at the end of a sentence to think for a moment, you will remember that poetry is beautiful, & you will take everything I say with a giant grain of Pink Himalayan salt(since the grammatical error will irk you into that state of skepticism)! Love & Hugs, Sari ps. I became a Christian at the age of 21, which may seem like a non sequitur, & though my faith is decent my works may not really do justice to that title-but I thought I'd mention it, since my first name Sari always seems to force an assumption about my background-and though you would be right to assume that it tends to be a Jewish name, you might not be right in assuming that that is what I am going to sound like when I expound on some of my karmic principles or other ethical compasses I have developed...Not that I have done away with my past, it is just I have iced the cake with the new updated version-so if you wrong me, I may just turn the other cheek(New), instead of doing the eye for an eye thing back at you!(old)...

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