Toronto Wildlife Centre Takes It Up An Octave: Reuniting Trumpeter Swan Soulmates!

In Bluffer’s Park, a local resident recently found a wounded Trumpeter Swan, injured by fishing line. She immediately contacted the Toronto Wildlife Centre, who were able to capture the bird safely for medical treatment. The medical team observed a cut on the bird’s beak causing the bleeding, which they cleaned and healed with specialized care over the next few days.

In a real-life fairytale moment, TWC was able to reunite the healed swan with their mate! The couple are expected to mate as usual and nest in the area this spring.

To ensure that beautiful, native Trumpeter swans and other birds continue to thrive in our city, it is imperative that we review responsible fishing rules in preparation for the summer! The following rules are particularly important to protect water birds, turtles and other wildlife:

-Always carefully dispose of any broken fishing lines and hooks. Take them home with you or place them deep inside covered garbage bins.

– Consider using barbless hooks, forceps or needle-nose pliers in dehooking, non-toxic Tungsten or steel sinkers, as well as biodegradable plastic lures.

Gauri C., TFN Advocacy Team

Toronto Field Naturalists wishes to acknowledge this Land through which we walk. For thousands of years, the Land has been shared by the Wendat, the Haudenosaunee, and the Anishinaabe. Toronto is situated on the Land within the Toronto Purchase, Treaty 13, the traditional and treaty Lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. This territory is also part of the Dish with One Spoon Wampum, a covenant agreement between Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Wendat peoples and allied nations to peaceably share the land and all its resources. Today, the Land is home to peoples of numerous nations. We are all grateful to have the opportunity to continue to care for and share the beauty of this Land.