Photos: Swans start building new nest Raw Video: Swans build new nest
Manlius (WSYR-TV) – The village of Manlius is taking new steps to protect its swans after eight eggs were allegedly destroyed
by a Jamesville man. 23-year-old Ross Leone was arrested on Wednesday
on various misdemeanor charges, but now village residents are taking new steps to protect their swans.
The village is forming a volunteer watch group and installing a surveillance camera.
The camera will eventually be accessible online.
The incident has been a rallying point for the affluent Syracuse suburb.
New Directions -- a store in Manlius -- has raised $3,000 for the pond by selling “Save our Swans” apparel
. Owner Lois Ross says the response shows how embedded the swans are in village life.
“I brought my children when they were babies to feed them, and now I bring my grandchildren. And it's truly the charm of the village,” Ross said.
Since the eight swan eggs were stolen and most of them smashed, the swans - “Manny” and “Faye” - have prepared a new nest.
Bella Cigna owner Rick DeCuffa said his bar will offer a surveillance feed of the pond to patrons. He has also signed up for the Swan Patrol.
“It’s such a big part of the community and nobody wants to see what happened happen again,” said DeCuffa.
The female swan, “Faye,” is expected to lay a new round of eggs this week.
Since the Swan Patrol plans on operating day and night, their hats and T-shirts are adorned with reflective lettering.
Anyone wishing to volunteer should call the Village of Manlius Offices at (315) 682-9171 to cover a two-hour shift while Faye sits on her nest.