Save Our Swallows protests US Fish and Wildlife Service in Hadley

Hampshire County

HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – Save our Swallows held a demonstration to protest the US Fish and Wildlife Service Saturday morning in Hadley.

According to a news release sent to 22News, at least 45 people came to support the cause from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the intersection of Routes 9 and 116.


Photo courtesy: Lisa Capone

Barn Swallows are a species in steep decline in the Northeast. With winter approaching, it’s unclear whether Hadley’s traditional nesting habitat will be available next spring.

In a statement sent to 22News, David Eisenhauer, of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the North Atlantic-Appalachian Region said an announcement is planned on the decision of the Bri-Mar Stables.

The full statement reads, 

“The Service has carefully reviewed all the available information and we plan to announce our decision on Bri-Mar Stables soon.  We have evaluated all comments received during the Environmental Assessment process in consideration of safety, responsible use and management of public resources, and the well-being of birds and other wildlife. We are committed to choosing a course of action that is sustainable and compatible with the purposes of the Refuge and mission of the Service.”   

David Eisenhauer, Public Affairs Officer
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, North Atlantic-Appalachian Region

Demonstrators of Save our Swallows protested the proposed demolition of the nesting habitat for Hadley’s Barn Swallow Colony.

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