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.