Seeing trumpeter swans near the trail is always a highlight of a ride. These beautiful birds are picturesque and evidence of a healthy ecosystem. If we’re lucky the swans come back each summer to raise their families, and we get to know these lovely neighbours as the cygnets flourish under the watchful eye of their parents.
Last year DGATV members were upset to hear that irresponsible rail trail use resulted in harm to a family of swans. The injuries to the mother swan resulted in her death so we’re not sure if the swans will return this season. We know the father swan was last seen in Toronto on his southward migration so we are hopeful that we’ll see him again. As a result of this incident, DGATV’s Board of Directors pledged support for the swans and made a donation to the Ontario Trumpeter Swan Restoration program (facebook group).
We ask ATVers to ride safely and carefully, and to be respectful when driving by people, pets and wildlife alike.
Riding the trails are a privilege and not a right. Abuse it and lose it.
*** UPDATE: We are happy to announce that the male swan has returned to the area with another female. We consider ourselves lucky! Please ride carefully around the swans.