By Bev Kingdon
February 15, 2007
We had a marvelous Alaskan cruise and were fortunate enough to
visit Ketchikan. If I am remembering correctly we went on a salmon
bake during our visit there. I never ate salmon before that
and now faithfully eat it twice a month minimum but more often
than not once a week. How many other people are missing such
a delicious food?
The Trumpeter Swan Society is considering a North American Conference
in the north and if such happens that it is near Ketchikan we
hope to revisit.
I read with great interest your story about the trumpeter swans.
Bev with flock on Beach
I am writing from Burlington, Ontario Canada. Here in Ontario
the trumpeter swans were hunted to extinction and in the early
1980's a gentleman by the name of Harry Lumsden started and co-ordinated
a trumpeter swan reintroduction program.
During that time I believe Harry received eggs from Alaska (If
you would like to confirm that info his phone number is 905-727-6492)
amongst other places for hatching. Swans from those eggs were
kept as captive pairs, raising cygnets for release to the wild.
I met Harry in the mid 1980 and kept a pair of his adult captive
trumpeters at a farm we owned in the North Bay Ontario area.
In 1993 the first pair of trumpeters to mate in the wild and
migrate in Ontario (with their 6 cygnets) in nearly 200 years
flew to Burlington Ontario where I reside.
I located that family and stayed with them daily until they returned
north in the spring. I now have spent every winter since then
(1993) monitoring, feeding, recording, photographing, rescuing,
transporting sick and injured swans to Guelph University for
medical care and re-releasing swans back into the wild when recovered.
With Harry I catch, band, tag and sex the swans and maintain
records of the flock of approximately 130 birds that now spend
their winters here.
Experts felt that 550 trumpeters in the wild with 150 nesting
pairs would qualify as a self sustaining flock for the Province
of Ontario. This year Mr. Lumsden's records indicate that we
have reached our goal.
Mr. Lumsden received the Order of Canada, a very prestigious
award for his work with reintroducing the trumpeters back into
Ontario and I was extremely honoured to receive the Harry Lumsden
I have enclose a photograph of mine that I took at LaSalle Park
in Burlington, where the swans, both trumpeters and mutes spend
their winter. We also get tundra swans migrating through here.
With all the trumpeters out your way you would probably find
it hard to understand our joy when that first pair migrated but
it certainly was an important piece of history for our Province.
Thank you for your article, I always appreciate learning new
pieces of information about these magnificent creatures.
Burlington, Ontario Canada
Received February 14, 2007 - Published February 15, 2007
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A Gray Juvenile Trumpeter Swan Front Page Photo by Peaches (Naona)
Wallin - This gray trumpeter swan or cygnet was photographed
recently at Ward Lake north of Ketchikan. Trumpeter swans grow
rapidly and by 8 to 10 weeks of age, the cygnets have reached
half their adult size and are fully feathered. They will retain
their gray juvenile plumage until their second winter. - More...
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