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Habitats

 

        TWO TYPES OF OFFICIAL RSF SWAN HABITATS

A Swan Habitat is a site, natural or man-made, in which swans reside. This swan habitat showcases the swan species that thrive there and stresses the need for their conservation. The  types of swan species may vary, but it is a habitat that supplies the  swans with shelter, food and a safe, clean environment.  The many possibilities for a swan habitat location include--very simply, an owner’s backyard, or bucolic park locations. Others  might be located in highly visible public areas such as hotel  properties, golf courses, and resort properties that may feature  stylized, constructed facilities and structures. For  another example, an owner can prepare their own garage or outdoor barn  for a critical veterinary care house and a temporary isolation holding  pen. And, the habitat office can be their own home office. 

Additionally,  the size of the swan flock and the locale of the swan habitat can be an  acre of land with two swans to a 40-acre lake with 200 swans. The number of swans in a habitat is determined by whether the habitat is natural or man-made.  Swans in a natural setting will not overextend their flock numbers if there is not enough shelter, food or natural resources.  The natural  instincts of a swan dictate that this will increase the probability of  starvation, predation, illness or other detrimental conditions to the  health and welfare of the flock. 

Conversely, a man-made habitat should take into consideration these same elements. A  large number of captive swans INCREASE the necessary functions and  structures of the habitat as well as the responsibilities of the OWNER. Providing adequate shelter, food, and veterinary medical care increase with every swan introduced into a man-made setting. By  most state laws, captive swans (non-native exotic species of  swans) must be pinioned (rendered unable to fly), which means they  cannot fly from one body of water to another to find their own shelter,  food or safe habitat. Therefore, by state statutes, it is the OWNER’S  responsibility to meet the needs of the captive swans.

A “Swans of the World Habitat”® is a unique habitat in which all seven species of swans are cared for and nurtured in ONE swan habitat location. This habitat showcases all seven species and one subspecies: Mute  Swans (England & Europe), Whooper Swans (Southeast Asia), Black  Swans (Australia), Coscoroba Swans (South America), Black-Necked Swans  (South America), Trumpeter Swans (North America), Tundra Swans (North  America) and the Bewick Swans (Eurasian Subspecies of the North American  Tundra Swans). 

“Swans of the World Habitat”® is an elite designation endowed by The Regal Swan® Foundation to the  OWNER with the highest recognition of a swan habitat in which all seven  species of swans are nurtured and cared for in ONE location.  More  importantly, it is a habitat in which the OWNER has consciously worked  to achieve this special designation, adopts and enforces all RSF  Policies, Procedures, and Practices for swan habitat conservation.
 

The designation and certification process mandates proper  federal, state and local permitting; the development of a Captive  Wildlife Critical Incident and Disaster Plan; swan inventory logs and  medical records; daily humane treatment and prompt veterinary medical  care; daily habitat inspections; annual round-up for veterinary medical  exams and vaccinations; emergency care protocols; and indoor and  outdoor holding pens for a swan’s temporary isolation from the habitat  population; and Swan Habitat Field Team training.

However, any swan habitat can become an OFFICIAL RSF SWAN HABITAT if and when all the RSF Policies, Procedures, Practices are adopted by the OWNER.