ABOUT "BORN WITH MUSIC" PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT
Trumpeter Swan is the largest swan in the
world, and one of the heaviest flying birds is native to North America,
with a wingspan of 8 feet and weight up to 30 pounds. Once they nested
over most of North America with some estimates placed their number at
more than 100,000. But by the 1880s they were almost hunted out of
existence and were locally extinct in Ontario, Canada.
The Trumpeter Swan’s reintroduction to Ontario has been a story in the
making for more than 30 years.
Harry Lumsden, a retired biologist, made it his mission to bring the
extinct Trumpeter Swans back to its traditional range in Ontario.
Starting with just a few eggs, Harry and his volunteers have taken
Trumpeter Swans in Ontario from extinct to a thriving population. For
his leadership and unwavering dedication to Trumpeter Swan conservation,
Lumsden was awarded membership to the Order of Canada in 2004, our
country’s highest honour for lifetime achievement.
Today the challenges facing wildlife conservation have never been
greater. With each passing year, more and more species are added to the
list of wildlife threatened with extinction. Yet the story of the
Trumpeter Swan recovery from the brink of extinction represent a
positive and hopeful example that we can make a difference.
Through countless hours of volunteer stewardship and careful wildlife
management today there are over a 1000 self-sustaining population
throughout south-central Ontario, Canada. And the skies once again echo
the trumpeting calls of this majestic bird.
My journey with the Trumpeters started in the winter of 2015 when I
first met the Trumpeters wintering at LaSalle park. I was moved and
inspired by their recovery story. For the past four years I have been
photographing the swans in an effort to understand their behaviours as
well as to help with generating more awareness. My time with the
Trumpeters in snow, ice, fog, and rain were filled with many wondrous
heart felt moments and has allowed me to understand what goes on behind
the scenes. The sights and sounds of the Trumpeters world captivates me.
I have already learned so much, and also grateful to get to know some
swan personalities individually.
WHAT I DO
I believe there is power in visual story telling to connect with audiences at an emotional level. My goal is to help the Ontario Trumpeter Swans by raising awareness and funds to aid in the preservation of these magnificent swans for future generations.
→ Professional original photo or video assets for public outreach campaigns
→ Gallery exhibits, public art installations and funding campaigns
→ Children outreach campaigns
→ Print and online publications
→ and more
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