Celebration of Swans

3rd week in April,
Marsh Lake, Yukon

Spring arrives in the Yukon on the wings of thousands of Trumpeter Swans and other species of waterbirds each April as they arrive at M’Clintock Bay, Tagish, Johnson’s Crossing and Kluane Lake on their annual migration north.







The birds, including Trumpeter and Tundra swans, wigeons, Canada Geese, Northern Pintails, shorebirds, eagles, and other predators are drawn to the open waters of the area that offer safety and shallow water with an easily accessible and plentiful supply of aquatic plants.

Locals and visitors alike, from the Yukon and the rest of the world, travel to Marsh Lake to celebrate the arrival of these beautiful creatures during the 9-day premiere bird festival – Celebration of Swans.

Held in the third week of April, the Celebration of Swans event offers fun and education for the whole family with birding tours, bird identification and photography workshops, art exhibits, school programs, story-telling, contests and more. Staff interpreters are on hand at the Swan Haven Interpretive Centre to help visitors appreciate and identify the waterbirds.

The Swan Haven Interpretive Centre also offers a wealth of special activities and interpretive displays for all ages and a splendid viewing deck. One of the features of the centre features a number of “swans” created by Yukon children.

Getting to the Swan Haven Interpretation Centre
Follow the Alaska Highway southwest from Whitehorse for about 50 kilometers. Before reaching the M’Clintock River take the turning right on Swan Haven Road and continue south for about 2 km to reach the Swan Haven Interpretation Centre.

Some tours especially for bird enthusiasts may offer an alternative passage from Whitehorse and even further afield. Check with local bird enthusiast groups both in the Yukon and in your own local area.

EVENT / FESTIVAL TIPS:
If you are visiting, take some time to take a look at some of the other shore communities in the area that offer events of their own, from storytelling in Tagish to displays of the work of Yukon artists.

For more information email : wildlife.viewing@gov.yk.ca
or see:
http://www.env.gov.yk.ca/animals-habitat/CelebrationofSwans.php







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