All-points bulletin is out for Elvira

September 03, 1993|By Adam Sachs | Adam Sachs,Staff Writer

Elvira is missing.

The 16-month-old swan, one of five that inhabit Lake Kittamaqundi in Columbia, has been nowhere to be found since early last week, the Columbia Association announced yesterday.

Members of the Columbia Waterfowl and Habitat Advisory Committee reported last week that they could not locate the large, white, long-necked swan identified by a neck band that reads "Z361." Since then, crews have searched stream valleys and other lakes and ponds throughout Columbia without success.

"There's no evidence. There are no signs of anything," said Charles "Chick" Rhodehamel, Columbia Association ecologist. "No pun intended, but there's no sign of foul play."

Previously, when swans have wandered away from any of the three Columbia lakes they inhabit, people have usually spotted them and called the association, Mr. Rhodehamel said.

"These are big enough, white and very obvious," he said. "They

don't go too far without concern."

Mr. Rhodehamel said Elvira, one of five young swans hatched in May 1992 at Wilde Lake and later moved to Lake Kittamaqundi, always has been a loner, often wandering off on her own.

The swans are important to the Swan Research Program's long-range plan to reintroduce the native swans to the Chesapeake Bay region, an association news release says. Anyone with any information about the missing swan should contact CA's Open Space Management Division at (410) 312-6330.

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