Large areas of Lake Hopatcong water have remained ice free this winter and that suits the Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) just fine. In recent years, the swan population spending the winter at the lake seems to have grown.

If mild winters and dock protective bubblers remain normal, there seems to be enough access to their favorite aquatic food to keep them gracefully gliding around.

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Anthony Lawson is a New Jersey Press Association multiple award-winning photographer. He has been actively capturing the spirit of Jefferson Township for over a decade; first in the “AIM Jefferson” and now in “The Jefferson Chronicle”. A 25 year resident of the township, he has a four-decade long photography career which included event photography, landscape art, and most recently photo journalism.