A true success storey, the Trumpeter Swan population has rebounded from their near extinction in the 1930s. The population has now grown to an estimated 26,000 birds in North America. Approximately 6,000 birds make a winter stop on Vancouver Island with a majority of them coming to the sanctuary of the Comox Valley.
They start arriving in November and stay until February and can be seen gathering on agricultural lands, fields and grassy areas near the water, where they like to forage at low tide. They spend the winter in these areas before heading north to Alaska in March for the breeding season.
These majestic birds, the largest in North America, can weigh up to 12 kg and measure 150 cm from beak to tail. They have a wingspan of 2.5 metres. They are the largest species of waterfowl on the planet. When you hear the “honking” of the trumpeter swans, your natural inclination will be to look towards the sky to see these elegant birds in flight.
Truly, an amazing experience for both visitors and residents.
The Comox Valley has so much versatility to offer with regards to wildlife and the environs. Many people come to the Comox Valley to visit and end up living here because of the beauty of the Comox Glacier, surrounding mountains, Goose Spit, the historical estuary, Mount Washington, the rivers, forest trails, and many recreational activities. Known as the Land of Plenty, the Comox Valley offers a smorgasbord of activities for all ages to enjoy.
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