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Tundra swans’ arrival signal of spring

By Melissa Schilz, Postmedia Network

Thousands of tundra swans have been spotted in the Thedford Bog, an annual sign that spring is on its way. (File photo)

Thousands of tundra swans have been spotted in the Thedford Bog, an annual sign that spring is on its way. (File photo)

 The tundra swans are making their return to the Thedford Bog, a reassuring sign of spring despite recent snowfall in the area.

 

The Lambton Heritage museum reported several thousand swans in the area Friday morning, quite the increase from just 50 spotted on Tuesday. And that number is set to increase – in a good year there have been up to 15,000 swans coming to settle in during the spring thaw.

 

This puts things off to a strong start before the scheduled kick off of the Return of the Swans Festival, which begins March 10.

 

The annual migration of the birds takes them on journeys that total 6000 km per year, heading north in the Spring to the Canadian Arctic, their breeding ground, and back south to Delaware, USA come fall. The Thedford Bog, located just behind the Lambton Heritage Museum, is a hot spot in early spring for the birds to rest and refuel.

 

During the week of the festival, guests can visit the museum to explore interpretive displays, learn about the Thedford Bog, see the tundra swans up close and personal and learn about their migration patterns.

 

This year’s event will also see Lambton County Library’s Makerspace on site from 11 – 3 each day, with activities for all ages.

 

According to the museum’s website, the best places to view the birds is behind the museum along Greenway and Goosemarsh Roads. Guests are encouraged to bring binoculars.

 

You can also all ahead or check the museum’s website on updates about the swans, and how many are currently resting in the bog.

 

 

IF YOU GO:

What: Return of the Swans Fesitval

Where: The Lambton Heritage Museum, Grand Bend

When: March 10 – 18