Trumpeter Swan Coalition

Committed to ensuring LaSalle Park Harbour, the winter home of 1/4 of Ontario's Trumpeter Swans, is protected

 

 

Help us protect the magnificent Trumpeter Swans that over-winter at

LaSalle Park in Burlington, Ontario.

Welcome!

Ontario's Trumpeter Swans have fought their way back from the brink of extinction but now a marina development project in Burlington, Ontario is threatening the wintering grounds for 200 of these magnificent birds 1/4 of the Provincial population.

The building of a permanent wave break and the addition of another 120 slips may result in many negative impacts including: causing the harbour to freeze for long periods which would be deadly for the swans; reducing space for the swans; restricting their flight path; damaging the aquatic vegetation they feed on and deteriorating the water quality.

The harbour area is rented by the city of Burlington from the City of Hamilton. The LaSalle Park Marina Association is a privately-run entity that has a joint venture partnership agreement with the City of Burlington. Ultimately, it will be up to Burlington's City Council to decide whether this project goes ahead.

Four area groups have joined together to keep track of this proposed development, raise concerns about the project with City Council and the Ministry of the Environment and raise awareness among citizens. The four groups include The Trumpeter Swan Restoration Group, BurlingtonGreen, Oakvillegreen and MiltonGreen.

We have reviewed the environmental studies report that has been compiled for this project and find it does not adequately address the serious impact this could have on the Trumpeter Swans. For this reason we have asked the Ministry of the Environment to require a higher level of environmental assessment. Conservation Halton has made the same request.

The Trumpeter Swan Coalition is committed to ensuring that no harm comes to this species of special concern that has made Burlington their home. We would like you to join us.

To find out more, please contact Bev at 905-562-3819 or email trumpeterswancoalition@gmail.com or explore this website.

These magnificent birds have fought back from the brink of extinction and deserve our protection. Please connect with us to see how you can help. Thank you!

News

Family Day— February 15, 2016 — Meet The Trumpeter Swans

Noon to 3 p.m.

at LaSalle Park in Burlington (map: https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Lasalle+Marina/@43.3016062,-79.8565396,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x882c9c333791b90b:0x4e7825578c2b6433)

The Trumpeter Swan Coalition invites everyone to come out to LaSalle Park in Burlington on Monday, February 15 any time between noon and 3 p.m. to meet the magnificent Trumpeter Swans that over-winter at the Harbour and hear more about their amazing conservation success story. Meet members of the Trumpeter Swan Restoration Group and learn how this group of dedicated volunteers brought the Trumpeters back from the brink of extinction over the past 35 years.

For more information please contact the Coalition by email at trumpeterswancoalition@gmail.com or call 1-905-562-3819.

Past News

* July 29 2015 — The Minister of the Environment, Glen Murray, has turned down a request made by the Trumpeter Swan Coalition, Conservation Halton and a private citizen for a more thorough environmental assessment of the proposed marina expansion in LaSalle Park, Burlington, the over-wintering home of 1/4 of Ontario's Trumpeter Swan population. Now it is up to the Council of the City of Burlington to decide whether to allow the dumping of 10,000 tons of rock into the harbour to create a permanent 400 metre break wall and to build a 340-slip marina. It is very important to let Council know what you think about this issue. Address an email to Mayor and Council at cob@burlington.ca  The Minister has imposed some conditions on the LaSalle Park Marina Association. All correspondence on this issue can be found by clicking the "Documents and Letters" tab at left on this page.

* The City of Burlington has created a bylaw to banning the feeding of "nuisance" wildlife on city propoerty. Only licensed banders and taggersof Trumpeter Swans are now allowed to provide whole kernel, untreated corn to the Trumpeters for the purpose of luring them so they can be banded and tagged. Under this bylaw, all wildlife on public land are considered nuisance wildlife and cannot be fed.

* Find the final Marina Capacity Study and read our response to the Marina Capacity Study in Key Documents at left.

* Please watch and important video about LaSalle Park's Trumpeter Swans by CBC journalist Dzintars Cers interviewing Liz Benneian at http://youtu.be/BKbLWBN7Ajw

* Book us for a free presentation. See Swan Stories below.