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But on the other hand . . .this would be the best area  for jacana and
purple gallinule . . .

:~)   . . .


>From: Robert Fisher <[log in to unmask]>
>Reply-To: MO Wild Bird Forum <[log in to unmask]>
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: American Lotus
>Date: Fri, 11 Oct 2002 17:24:44 -0500
>
>A Kelly Registration Systems website  says the following of American Lotus:
>American Lotus (preemergence) is a 'pest' (an unwanted organism) that can
>be controlled through the use of pesticides. You can find products to
>control American Lotus (preemergence) by searching on
>http://www.kellysolutions.com.
>
>Pesticides, such as products to control American Lotus (preemergence), are
>regulated by State Departments of Agriculture.
>
>Specifically, to find products registered in Missouri (MO) to control
>American Lotus (preemergence), the Kelly Registration website gives the
>following link: www.kellysolutions.com/MO
>
>Elsewhere, I found information that American Lotus can be controlled by
>flooding and by cutting the leaves early. (However, American Lotus grows in
>water up to six feet deep).
>
>Query No. 1: If American lotus is a pest and can be controlled, why do
>Squaw Creek and Swan Lake have so much of it?
>
>(Guess Number 1: They see their primary mission as refuges for waterfowl
>after frost has suppressed American Lotus for the winter and do not want to
>expend scarce dollars controlling American Lotus in the summer.
>
>Guess Number 2: American Lotus, though a "pest" for fishing ponds, is not
>considered a "pest" at Swan Lake and Squaw Creeek because it not
>detrimental to species, like Wood Ducks, that they are happy to propagate
>in summer).
>
>Query No. 2: Should birders be for it or against it at places like Squaw
>Creek and Swan Lake?
>
>(Bill Eddleman describes it as " pretty much lousy habitat for birds,
>including the marsh species." But what would take its place if it were
>controlled? I doubt that open water would be better for breeding birds.
>Having seen what the cattails did to Cheyenne Bottoms, I'm not for them
>either!).
>
>Bob Fisher
>Independence, Missouri
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