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Thursday’s event celebrates the triumphant return of the Trumpeter Swan

Native to Ontario, the trumpeter swan has disappeared from eastern Canada primarily due to hunting and habitat loss

The world’s largest swan has gone from an extirpation in Ontario to a population of over 2,000 individuals today.

Midland-Penetanguishene field naturalists will learn more about this beautiful bird and the valiant volunteers behind its wonderful recovery during their monthly virtual meeting on Thursday evening.

The Trumpeter Swan’s success story began right here in Midland in Wye Marsh, but the birds have also become beloved winter residents of the lower Great Lakes.

The conference will be led by Liz Benneian, a former journalist and editor who has led environmental advocacy and education organizations since 2004.

Native to Ontario, the disappearance of the trumpeter swan from eastern Canada more than 200 years ago was mainly due to hunting pressure and habitat loss, according to the Wye Marsh.

Biologist Harry Lumsden began a provincial reintroduction program in the early 1980s to restore the trumpeter swan to its former habitat and range.

With prime wetland habitat and archaeological evidence confirming the historic presence of Trumpeters in the Wye Valley, the Wye Marsh Nature Center became a co-operator in the restoration of this magnificent species in 1989.

The first captive breeding pair of Trumpeters at Wye Marsh was “Big Guy” and “Lady Girl, who successfully bred the first cygnet in 1990, “Pig Pen. In 1993, Pig Pen and her mate became the first wild pair of trumpeters to nest in Wye Marsh in over 200 years.

As for Benneian, she is currently the Executive Director and Head of Environmental Education for Ontariogreen Conservation Association, a charity dedicated to providing environmental education in classrooms and communities.

For the past eight years, Benneian has also served as the spokesperson for the Trumpeter Swan Coalition, a group dedicated to protecting the wintering habitat of one-fifth of Ontario’s trumpeter swan population at the park. Lasalle to Burlington.

In recognition of her dedication to preserving and improving the environment, she has received local, provincial and national awards.

Anyone interested in learning more about the club or receiving a link to join the meeting can email a request to [email protected]