Manlius Village welcomes two new swans

The village of Manlius would like to welcome a pair of new swans to the swan pond.

Provided by Michael Bean from Skaneateles, the pair arrived Oct. 29. Bean is an experienced waterfowl expert who previously worked for Dr. S. Dillon Ripley when Ripley was director of the Smithsonian Institution. Bean's work has taken him all over the world and he has first-hand experience with all species of swans.

The white swan is a 3-year-old male. The brown and white swan is a female born this past May. She will be white by next year and is extra special because she carries genes that will give her blue eyes and a pink bill and feet. Her bill is already slightly more pink than orange.

The widower swan that was removed from the swan pond is being paired with another widower swan and will live on a four-acre pond on private property in New Jersey.

The village of Manlius is very excited and proud to give these swans a new home but they came to us without names.

Mayor Mark-Paul Serafin is asking for your help to name our newest village residents. The village is now launching a "Swan Naming" contest that will run through the month of November. Send your ideas to the village of Manlius clerk's office, 1 Arkie Albanese Drive, Manlius, N.Y. 13104. You may also submit your entry to Parks and Recreation Director Kristen Hansen at khansen@manliusvillage.org.

The winning names will be announced at the Tree Lighting and Holiday Festival on Sunday Dec. 5.

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