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Where do Trumpeter swans spend the winter?

I learned this week that a Trumpeter swan has about 35,000 feathers and 2.5 centimetres of down. That's how Trumpeter swans get through the winter — even the severe temperatures and heavy snowfall we have had this winter.

Where they spend the winter is another question, and Ontario Trumpeter Swan Restoration, an organization started in 1982 to restore the majestic birds to their former range, would like anyone who sees a Trumpeter swan to help with the answer.

Please report the sighting by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre website — http://www.wyemarsh.com/conservation/swansightings.php, or on the Facebook group page Ontario Trumpeter Swans. Please include the date, location (GPS co-ordinates), wing tag number or leg band number.

Ontario Trumpeter Swan Restoration was initiated by retired Ministry of Natural Resources biologist Harry Lumsden. He began a captive breeding program that has since released 584 captive-reared swans in 54 locations around Ontario. There are now an estimated 800 to 1,000 birds in the province.

The Ontario Trumpeter Swan Restoration says if swans need to maintain a diet of natural wild forage. If you do feed them, provide clean, "untreated" dry corn — not bread.

Anglers are asked to help in swan restoration by using lead-free tackle so swans do not ingest a lead sinker while feeding, and by retrieving any lost lures so these are not accidentally ingested by swans and other wildlife.

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Comments 4

Guest - Al Johnston on Sunday, 16 March 2014 18:54

We've had a trumpeter pair visit the patch of open water in our pond in Whitchurch-Stouffville for a few years now -- they seem to like the feed bucket of corn we put out for them. Today I noticed them go into a defensive posture and, when I looked out, 5 additional trumpeters flew over. They didn't land, of course, but I was kind of wishing they had.

We've had a trumpeter pair visit the patch of open water in our pond in Whitchurch-Stouffville for a few years now -- they seem to like the feed bucket of corn we put out for them. Today I noticed them go into a defensive posture and, when I looked out, 5 additional trumpeters flew over. They didn't land, of course, but I was kind of wishing they had.
Guest - Johanna Powell on Sunday, 16 March 2014 21:17

Al, it must have been an amazing sight to see five trumpeter swans flying overhead!
We'll have a story about the return of the swans from the brink of extinction in an upcoming issue of Lake Simcoe Living.

Al, it must have been an amazing sight to see five trumpeter swans flying overhead! We'll have a story about the return of the swans from the brink of extinction in an upcoming issue of Lake Simcoe Living.
Guest - Christine mcdonald on Sunday, 12 April 2015 18:43

Just noticed our pair returned a couple days ago on the north end of lake Simcoe in Orillia
Love them....looking forward to their baby's
Such beautiful creatures and smart too

Just noticed our pair returned a couple days ago on the north end of lake Simcoe in Orillia Love them....looking forward to their baby's Such beautiful creatures and smart too
Guest - Johanna Powell on Sunday, 12 April 2015 18:49

How wonderful, Christine! Thank you very much for letting us know!

How wonderful, Christine! Thank you very much for letting us know!
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