‘The White Birds of Winter’ are here!

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

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Courtesy Photo Trumpeter and tundra swans are now feeding in the Washington farm fields.
Thousands of trumpeter and tundra swans and snow geese have migrated from Alaska and Canada to feed in the farm fields of Washington.  On Thursday, January 24, at 7 p.m., the Trumpeter Swan Society’s Martha Jordan will be presenting a lecture and a spectacular slide show about these magnificent birds at the Adopt A Stream Foundation’s Northwest Steam Center in Snohomish County’s McCollum Park (600 – 128th Street SE, Everett, WA 98208).  Registration is required by calling (425) 316-8592; cost is $5 for Adopt A Stream Foundation members, $7 for non-members.

Jordan, a well known biologist, will explain the myths and share the facts about these beautiful birds.  During this Streamkeeper Academy event, which is geared to middle school students to adults, you will learn about swan and snow geese life history, biology, and some identification tips. You will also learn the best places to view them now in Washington state. Jordan will also shed some light on the problems  and controversies (including lead poisoning and habitat destruction) migratory birds face on their Washington state wintering grounds.  Through her beautiful photographs, Jordan will teach you how to tell these birds apart and where you can go to see them now.  At this event, you will also be able to pick up a swan identification pamphlet that will be useful on your next local bird watching excursion.

Martha Jordan chairs the Washington Swan Stewards, an affiliate of the Trumpeter Swan Society – a non-profit organization dedicated to assuring the vitality and welfare of wild swan populations.

She also often serves as a surrogate “mom” to baby trumpeter swans  and has several entertaining tales to tell about that experience.

Streamkeeper Academy events are conducted by the Adopt A Stream Foundation in partnership with Snohomish County Parks and Recreation.  Also, teachers who attend this event can earn clock hours from the Washington Science Teachers Association.

For driving directions to the Northwest Stream Center,  go to the contact section of the Adopt A Stream Foundation’s website:; or call (425) 316-8592.

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