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Visiting Midland on Georgian Bay Ontario i saw this strange sculpture dedicated to the Trumpeter Swan.

''Trumpeter (Cygnus buccinator) are called for their distinctive bugling call, a result of a loop in the bird 's larynx.wearing 12 kilograms, with wingspans nearing trhee meters,trumpeters can fly up to 35 kilometers per hour. They feed on acquatic vegetation and wild grasses and live as long as 20 yeas in the wild. Valued for their meat, skin and feathers, Trumpeter swans were over haunted and by 1933 there were only 77 birds breeding in all Canada. The species was farther threatened by destruction of their wetland environment, Cygnus buccinator as been designated as an Endangered species until 1984. It is now considered a protected species in Ontario making it illegal to hunt or harras them

Midland's Wye marsh began the reintroductions program in 1988 with one brreding pair, today the marsh cares for and monitors approx one third of Ontario's Trumpeters Swan populations.

the stainless steel sculpture represents the signature program of the Wye marsh and stands as a tribute to volunteers, donors, individuals and corporations who support the environmental program''

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