Trumpeter Swan - World's Largest Swan


Back from the Brink of Extinction


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.


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

→ Presentations

→ Print and online publications

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June 3 - June 30, 2019 | UCM Great Hall, Mississauga, ON, Canada

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November 4 - November 10, 2019 | VAM Gallery at Riverwood, Mississauga, ON, Canada

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November 2-4, 2018 | Visual Arts Mississauga Gallery

🌿 Conservation Photography Exhibition featuring the Photography of Meera Sulaiman from over three years. The main photography exhibition titled “Born with Music” opened November 2-4, 2018 at the Visual Arts Mississauga Gallery. The exhibit featured amazing visual stories, children's art, live musical performances, refreshments, door prizes, presentations followed by a question and answer session. The event also raised $1500 that was used to adopt 10 Wild Trumpeter Swans as part of the adoption program.

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"Swan Stories" Children's Painting Conservation Event

Meera Sulaiman hosted couple of fun and educational Children’s Painting event along with her photography display titled “Swan Stories” for 🌿 conservation of the Trumpeter Swans at Pixie Blue Studio in Port Credit, Mississauga. The children learned about the largest water bird and also heard some amazing stories about individual Trumpeters. The event was further enriched by the musical performance by musicians from Lowe's School of Music. The children’s art was also on display at Meera’s main 🌿 🌿 conservation photography exhibit "Born with Music" at the Visual Arts Mississauga Gallery from November 2-4, 2018.

Children's Event 1 - Highlights

Children's Event 2 - Highlights

Yellow Tags mean Trumpeters are from Ontario

Hunted out of existence in Ontario by the late 1800s

Today there are over a 1000 self-sustaining population throughout Ontario, Canada.