Local group names Trumpeter swan as Burlington’s official bird


Published March 22, 2022 at 1:44 pm

The Trumpeter swan has been named Burlington’s ‘official’ bird by a group hoping to see the city obtain a special national designation.

Bird Friendly Hamilton Burlington recently announced the Trumpeter swan as the winner of a 10-bird online vote of Burlington residents

The step is a necessary one in the goal of getting Burlington certified as a Bird Friendly City by Nature Canada. Currently, four other cities in Canada have achieved at least one level of that recognition.

Ward 5 councillor Paul Sharman is spearheading the initiative from the city’s side. Among the steps still to be undertaken include supporting the certification and resolving to work both collaboratively to in parallel with BFHB to make Burlington bird friendly, designate a liaison as a point-of-contact person between the City and BFHB, post a Bird-Friendly City information webpage on the City website, and support and collaborate with BFHB on various initiatives and projects, particularly related to engaging community members and groups.

Originally native to Ontario, the Trumpeter swan was driven from the province largely due to hunting and habitat loss more than 200 years ago.

Around 40 years ago, rehabilitation efforts were made to bring them back and there are now more than 1,000 swans in the province.

For more information on the the city’s official bird, visit the group’s website.

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