World-renowned swan expert Dr. Geoffrey Gardner was investigating several recent swan deaths in the Sarasota area. He is featured in this September 23 report by a local FOX affiliate: ALL KINDS of sea birds PARALYZED and DEAD near SARASOTA, FL — Doctors raise DISPERSANT… Close by where 173 ppm oil found in sand (VIDEO)
"'Our concern is that it may be coming from toxins in the waters, something coming from the dispersants that might have been used for the Gulf oil spill,' Gardner told FOX 13 on Thursday."
Now almost 6 weeks later, there is this November 9 email from Lauren Hallahan, via Anita Stewart:
I have been keeping in contact with [Dr. Gardner]... He was testing the dead swans found in Sarasota.
While everyone was waiting for the report...I kept calling.
The first call I was told, "the report will be faxed right up here when it's finished" and I'll share it with you.
My next call I was told the report is finished, it's on Dr. Gardner's desk. I asked how long it would sit there before it is shared, or released? She said she is so busy she did not know.
I called two weeks before the election. I spoke to the Dr's son. He assured me, his father would never "hide" anything, and was very busy and the report would be released soon. He stated if it were "life threatening", it would of course be released immediately. I said...alright...when should I call back? He said give it another week, we are so busy.
I called today, and the number was disconnected. I called because I emailed him at swanvet [at] aol.com and for the first time, I did not get a response. So I called another office number and reached a girl.
Here is what she told me:
"I'm sorry to inform you that Dr. Gardner has retired, and all files have been sent to other vets." I could not believe what I was hearing, and asked why such a prominent doctor, he treated the Queen's swans...would retire without any notice, or reporting? She said she did not know the answer. I asked her where the swan report was, and she could not tell me that either. I asked then why are calls routed to you? She said she did not know. They have NO information at all. ...
I know this man from years ago. He would never quit!...
Let's all email him....and ask him what happened to the report...who he gave it to...and what he found from the necropsy on the swans that died in Sarasota.
Please email Dr. Jeffeory Gardner at swanvet [at] aol.com.