Heritage Museum’s Return of the Swans Festival takes flight

A tundra swan in flight (Photo Courtesy of Lambton Heritage Museum)

Those taking in this year’s Return of the Swans Festival near Grand Bend will be greeted by an updated exhibit.

Lambton Heritage Museum Education Program Coordinator Colleen Inglis said the display, which celebrates the annual tundra swan migration, starts Thursday and runs until April 12.

“We have new exhibit panels, new activities and then we’ll be doing a couple of activities for March Break as well,” said Inglis. “We will also have an origami craft and some touch screen quizzes.”

Inglis said the museum is a hub for all of the action.

“The area historically was a very large wetland and in the 1950s it was drained for farming,” she said. “The swans come as part of their migratory route from the east coast of the United States up to the Canadian Arctic. In the farmers’ fields, there’s lots of food leftover, so they stop and they rest and they stock up on lots of food and then they continue on up north.”

Inglis said the swans always attract a crowd.

“Yes, you can just go down Greenway Road by the museum, that’s where you’ll usually see them,” she said.

Daily updates on how many tundra swans are spotted will be posted on the migration calendar at www.returnoftheswans.com.

According to Pinery Provincial Park, some of the first scouts have already arrived.

Over 30 tundra swans were spotted flying over the Thedford Bog area earlier this week.