THE LATEST SAD NEWS
This years' brood of the Lake Constance cormorants is dead.
The regional council Freiburg, responsible for the city of Radolfzell and the adjoining Aachried, where between 70 and
100 breeding pairs of cormorants were located, roused the flock Tuesday night(8th of April) with halogen floodlights and so
caused the eggs and newly hatched chicks to die off in the cold:
The area has been declared a bird sanctuary by the EU in 2003.
The council took this step to protect the interests of the lake fishing industry and sport fishing associations, who see
the cormorants as "fish thieves".
THE GERMAN CITY OF FREIBURG PLANS TO DESTROY THE ONLY CORMORANT COLONY ON THE GERMAN SHORES OF LAKE CONSTANCE
The Freiburg City Council, in southwest Germany, plans to destroy the only existing Cormorant colony on the german shores
of Lake Constance. The operation will involve driving off the birds from their nests on an icy April night, leaving the eggs
to grow cold and already hatched chicks to freeze to death.
The colony is in a nature reserve which is part of a European Special Protected Area (SPA). The action will also affect
other endangered species such as the Red-crested Pochard, Marsh Harrier and Black Kite.