The City of Lakeland Parks Division and Dr. Geoffrey R. Gardner will be at Lake Morton Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 7:00 a.m. catching and herding City swans as the initial part of the 30th Annual Swan Round-Up.
The swans will be confined in large holding pens on the south side of the lake for inoculations and wellness examinations that will start Friday morning, September 24th at 8:15 a.m. at Lake Morton.
The Annual Swan Round-Up allows Lakeland’s Parks and Recreation Department to closely monitor the health and vitality of Lakeland’s swan population. On Friday morning, each swan is given a wellness examination by veterinarian Geoffrey R. Gardner. They will also be weighed, vaccinated, and given a microchip if necessary. Helping with the health checks and management of the flock is the Regal Swan Foundation, Inc. This is a 5013c charitable group committed to the humane care of swans worldwide.
The original swans on Lake Morton were donated by Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom in 1957. The swans have been cared for by veterinarian (emeritus) and original “Swanvet” W.G. Gardner since 1958.
Original roundups formally began in 1980 but care has been provided free of charge to the City and Community of Lakeland since 1962. In 2007, Dr. Geoffrey R. Gardner and members of the Regal Swan research team traveled to the UK as a partnership with Her Majesty’s Swan Marker, Mr. David Barber and Her Majesty’s Swan Warden, Dr. Christopher Perrins.
Photo and video package opportunities are available starting at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 23, for the Round-Up and 8:15 a.m. on Friday, September 24 for the veterinary exams.