News - Please do not harass the Swans

A Bayshore Member witnessed the deliberate hazing of the Trumpeter Swans and their cygnets in Barnstable Bay, in the recent past.

Swans are protected under the Migratory Bird Convention Act, 1994. The penalties for contravening the Act are substantial, including up to $1,000,000 and imprisonment for a term of not more than 3 years or both.

The Member who witnessed this event notified the Ontario Provincial Police who now have the incident on file.

Permits are required for any activity involving Migratory Birds who are protected under the Migratory Bird Convention Act.

Thank you.

Kathi Kerr
Director of Common Waters