Facts and figures

Adult Mute Swans all have white feathers and orange beaks – but did you know their feet give clues as to what they looked like as cygnets (young swans)? ...
Mute Swans are very loyal. They mate for life and are dedicated co-parents who raise their young together. ...
Fall is the season that cygnets (young swans) learn to fly. With their feathers fully grown, they prepare by stretching their wings and flapping to build up the muscles they need to get airborne. The parents then give them flight lessons. ...
This Canada Day let’s celebrate our native species and also reconsider our beliefs about “non-native” flora and fauna. Let’s embrace the wonders and complexities of species’ presence in our ecosystems. Let’s accept that, just like we immigrants, some non-native species have a rightful place here. ...
Spring is in full swing and animal parents will be especially protective of their territories and offspring. Here are five tips for interacting with Mute Swans and other wildlife this season. ...
One of the joys of walking along the waterfront is seeing dogs who are also out for a walk. Of course, there are all kinds and sizes, each with their own personalities, and increasingly in adorable outfits that bring a smile to walkers’ face. ...
Those of us with companion animals may love the wildlife we see outdoors but there’s a special place in our hearts for our dogs and cats. ...
That native species are good and non-native species are bad has become an entrenched belief system and a way species are routinely classified. ...
By now last year’s cygnets will be gone.  Between November and February, the young swans strike out on their own – or the parents chase them away. The parents have taught them all they can about surviving as a swan and it’s time for them to start their own lives.   ...
Conservation authorities frequently describe Mute Swans as “invasive,” a word that conjures a large influx of destructive intruders.  But the facts call that descriptor into question.  The Issues and Research pages of this site summarize many of relevant studies, but here are a few highlights.  ...
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