For many residents of Lambton County, the beginning of spring is often associated with the return of the Tundra Swans. Once the Tundra Swans start to arrive, spring is not far behind!
Check out the migration calendar for daily updates about how many swans have been spotted in the area. Lambton Heritage Museum remains closed to the public, but you can explore our online resources below to learn more about the Tundra Swans and try some swan activities from home!
In a good year, there may be 15,000 individual birds resting on the bog, attracted by the melt water of spring and the remnants of the prior year’s corn crop. The first sound to be heard is the soft hoo-hoo-hoo, as the Tundra Swans glide effortlessly down to feed on flooded fields that mark the bottom of old Lake Smith.
The Lambton Shores area is fortunate to have a natural ‘staging’ place for the tundra swans behind the Lambton Heritage Museum property. This land is locally known as the Thedford Bog. Before it was drained for farming, this huge wetland was a stop-over for migrating birds. Each spring the fields continue to flood and the corn and bean stubble from the previous year’s harvest provides food for the birds. Depending on weather and field conditions, visitors can sometimes see thousands of swans, ducks and geese in their natural habitat. It is always best to call ahead or check the website as the swans can arrive as early as mid-February or as late as mid-March.