Northwest Stream Center presents 'White Birds of Winter'

Jan 21, 2014
Courtesy of: Martha Jordan Martha Jordan, of the Trumpeter Swan Society, holds a baby swan or cygnet.

The white birds of winter are here. Thousands of Trumpeter and Tundra Swans and Snow Geese have migrated from Alaska and Canada to feed in the farm fields of Washington.

The Trumpeter Swan Society’s Martha Jordan will present a lecture and slide show about these magnificent birds at the Adopt A Stream Foundation’s Northwest Steam Center in Snohomish County’s McCollum Parks, 600 128th St. S.E., Everett at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30.

Jordan, who has been leading the charge to protect Trumpeter Swan habitats in Washington, will explain the myths and share the facts about these beautiful birds.

During this Streamkeeper Academy event, which is geared to middle school students through adults, participants will learn about swan and snow geese life history and biology.

Jordan will also shed some light on the problems and controversies, including lead poisoning and habitat destruction, migratory birds face on their wintering grounds.

Through her photographs, Jordan will teach participants how to tell these birds apart and where they can go to see them now.

She will also provide a Swan Identification Pamphlet that will be useful on local bird watching excursions.

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

She has also served as a surrogate “mom” to many baby Trumpeter Swans and has several entertaining tales to tell about that experience.

The Adopt A Stream Foundation in partnership with Snohomish County Parks and Recreation will present this Streamkeeper Academy event.

Registration is required. It is $5 for Adopt A Stream Foundation members and $7 for non-members.

To learn more about this event and upcoming Streamkeeper Academy events go to or call 425-316-8592.

For driving directions to the Northwest Stream Center, go to the contact section of the Adopt A Stream Foundation’s website.

-Edited by Beacon staff

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