Latest Swan News at the Lagoon

We’re Walking on Air! -- Fiona -- 3 October 2016
Having just returned home from a trip to see our former Lost Lagoon swans Tristan, Marika and Bijan in their new location, our happiness cannot be measured. We already knew they were in an ideal ...

Remaining swans relocated (August 2016), now living at their new and wonderful "retirement" home -- Fiona -- 3 October 2016
For many years the beautiful Mute swans have graced the waters of Lost Lagoon, but over time conditions in their habitat have gradually deteriorated to the point where it's detrimental to their ...

Cygnet taken away from its parents at Ambleside -- Samantha -- 18 June 2014
Hello, I noticed that the West Van Parks Board took a baby Swan away from its parents at the Ambleside Lagoon in West Vancouver this morning June 18 at 6:30 am. They said it was because they ...

Nesting Swans -- Heather -- 16 May 2014
On Mothers Day - I was blessed to see and photograph the swans nesting at their nest just off the path close to Stanley Park Causeway. At one point when the momma was sitting on the nest she stood ...
Re: Nesting Swans -- Fiona -- 20 May 2014
Hi, Heather I too had watched Thea (the swan nesting) and her mate Tristan proudly maintaining the nest as she added more eggs until she had five, then nurtured them in the time to come, turning them ...

What happened? -- Millie -- 29 May 2013
Does anybody know what happened to the swan eggs in stanley park? My husband and I regularly go for walks around the park and one day noticed that the fenced off nest was empty... We didn't see any ...
Re: What happened? -- Kelly smart -- 28 June 2016
Unfortunately, mother park board shakes the eggs so they never hatch. They do it every year, truly sad.

information -- Stephen -- 23 May 2013
Just in case anyone else has the same idea, the ecological society of stanley park has nothing to do with the management of the swans. They are managed by the wildlife park board technician.The ...

Nest fence pulled by photographer -- Stephen -- 7 May 2013
Now I saw a photographer pull the top of the fence down with one hand while on his tip toes while barely holding the camera with his other hand just to get his picture. If he had dropped it, he would ...

nest fences -- Stephen -- 5 May 2013
I had forgotten after 3 nesting seasons of not doing the fence the ignorance and disrespect of people towards the swans. Parents allow their young children to pull and tug on the fencing. Somehow ...
Re: nest fences -- Michelle -- 6 May 2013
I will also be so happy when the swans are gone. This is so cruel to pinion swans and to keep them in a hostile environment like Lost Lagoon.

Swan lady -- Aaron -- 17 February 2013
She's back. Feeding and doting over her precious swans and yelling, chasing away and throwing wood or other objects at any other birds, including waterfowl, who come near. There are signs up all over ...

Do we have a black swans in Stanley Park, as suggested by Lorna Crozier in her poem? -- Nick -- 1 February 2013
Hi there, I am university student taking an English course; there was talk about the symbol of the black swan. Lorna Crozier has suggested in her famous poem that there is a black swan in Stanley ...
Re: Do we have a black swans in Stanley Park, as suggested by Lorna Crozier in her poem? -- Fiona Sinclair, Swan Volunteer at Lost Lagoon -- 1 February 2013
Hi, Nick Many thanks for your question. At one time, there were several Australian black swans (Cygnus atratus) on Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park, but they eventually disappeared. An article in the ...

Merry Christmas -- Stephen -- 24 December 2012
Wishing all the best. Merry christmas Fiona-hope the new year goes well.Thank-you for all your work and dedication. Stephen

fionas letter -- stephen -- 17 June 2010
Recieved your letter this morning. Thank-you. Definetly need next season off. No hesitation about that. As to whether I want to help after next year, a lot can happen in two years. All I can say is ...

fence construction around the nest -- stephen -- 11 June 2010
I just had a most unpleasant experience involving the vancouver police. I did the tall fencing around the one nest WITH OFFICIAL APPROVAL.As no little ones were produced and mamma had abandoned the ...
Re: fence construction around the nest -- Sarah Michelle -- 11 June 2010
Steve: I am so sorry for what happened to you. Of all the people who visit Lost Lagoon, you are one of the most caring, one of the most generous. I always see you as an angel. What happened is very ...

Save Our Swans -- S O S -- 1 June 2010
Swans don't belong in Stanley Park (or anywhere else in Canada)! They deserve to live a full natural life with their wings in tact so they can fly and truly be free.
Re: Save Our Swans -- Sarah -- 1 June 2010
I totally agree!!!!

New Cygnet -- Pip -- 30 May 2010
I read in the Vancouver Sun that there is a new cygnet at Lost Lagoon, but when I went around the lagoon on Friday May 28th I heard that he was missing. Has something happened to him/her?
Re: New Cygnet -- Fiona -- 30 May 2010
Hi, Sonja I'm afraid you're right - the little cygnet disappeared overnight, and it was undoubtedly taken by one of the many predators at the lagoon. The minute the swans take a cygnet into the water ...

Lagoon Walker - Baby Birds -- Fiona -- 23 May 2010
Hi, Lagoon Walker Thank you for your question. Because we're not directly involved with species other than the swans, you will probably be able to get answers to your question through the Parks ...

2010 ducklings and goslings -- Lagoon Walker -- 22 May 2010
Hello, I know this site is about the swans but I have a question about the baby birds in general this year. Compared to previous years we've been noticing the baby ducks and geese appearing and then ...

sleeping swan -- Barb -- 7 July 2009
Whenever I go to visit the swans there is one swan that sleeps on a rock while the others are swimming. Is the sleeping swan ill?
Re: sleeping swan -- Fiona -- 7 July 2009
Hi, Barb! I'm happy to report that all 10 swans are lively and seem to really be enjoying the rain, even though they're rather soggy and stained at this time of the year. Swans do love to doze! If ...

what happened to babies -- Barb -- 5 July 2009
What happened to the baby swan I did not see it the other day
Re: what happened to babies -- Fiona -- 5 July 2009
Dear Barb, I'm so sorry to have to report that all 3 cygnets have been lost. As you may have read from previous posting, the first baby hatched (Mama Swan's ivory cygnet) was injured when crossing ...

Question about the cygnets -- danielle -- 26 June 2009
(This is a repost from a post I made in the "Ask Your Questions about Swans" forum but I am worried that I didn't put it in the right spot) I am a frequent visitor of Lost Lagoon and I noticed that ...
See Reply on the "Ask The Swan Specialist" board -- Admin -- 28 June 2009
Hi Danielle Please see Fiona's reply at the link below

Empty swan nest... -- Jillian -- 13 May 2009
I've been looking at 4 swan nests around Lost Lagoon almost daily. This morning I noticed one is empty (of swan and eggs) and little feathers everywhere. The other swan nests seemed like the swans ...
Re: Empty swan nest... -- Tyler -- 8 June 2009
Out of the 4 nests (as of last week anyway) I noticed 2 have been abandon. The other two nests, the swans were sitting on. Actually one of the nests, the swan was rotating her eggs. I have photos of ...
Re: Empty swan nest... -- Tyler -- 15 June 2009
I went by Lost Lagoon again and found that 3 of the 4 nests (that I know of) are abandoned though I still have only seen 1 cygnet. Here is my latest photo of the cygnet.

Precious missing since Sept 3! -- Admin -- 8 September 2008
We are so deeply saddened by the loss of our big beautiful Precious! Our webmaster took 2 days off his regular work to upgrade this web site in Precious' honor: We need a nice e-place where to ask ...

April 29 (mid morning): Tristan is back at the Lagoon -- Admin -- 29 April 2008
Just spoke to Ziggy. Pleasure to announce that Tristan was released at the Lagoon this morning after his visit to Dr McDonald's Bird Hospital. Ziggy said that he crossed the Lagoon right away. ...

Tristan won't return before almost 2 weeks -- Admin -- 17 April 2008
Just spoke to Ziggy who told me that she took Tristan to Dr McDonald (Tristan's vet) today as planned. There is still a little dip in his foot, where the wound was, that is not covered with skin yet. ...

Tristan's Progress -- Fiona -- 16 April 2008
Tristan's soon due for another check-up to monitor his healing progress, so we don't have anything new to report at the moment. It's taking a while, but it's absolutely imperative that the wound site ...

Latest News About Tristan's Progress -- Fiona -- 31 March 2008
Wildlife Technician Ziggy reported today that Tristan has been for another check-up and is doing well. The vet wants to see him again in another 9 days, and if his progress continues to be as good, ...

Tristan's Progress -- Fiona -- 21 March 2008
Good news from Ziggy on Tristan's healing progress! At last, he reached the stage where he could have his wound stitched! This is a major step towards his recovery. During the time the stitches are ...
Tristan -- Jan -- 22 March 2008
Does anyone know what this means for Isolde? Would she generally try to find a replacement mate in the absence of Tristan? As a casual visitor to Stanley Park (shame on me since I live so close) but ...
Isolde Hanging in There -- Fiona -- 26 March 2008
Hi, Jan! I've posted a note and picture under "Swans Through the Seasons" by way of a little report on Isolde - she's doing well, but we can only imagine how happy she'll be to have her mate back ...

Tristan's slow healing process -- Admin -- 18 March 2008
Just spoke to Ziggy, the Lagoon's Wildlife Technician; she takes Tristan from his temporary home to the vet clinique every week for the cleaning of his open wound on his foot. Tristan's vet, Dr. Anne ...

Update about Tristan -- Admin -- 27 February 2008
You will find updates about Tristan's treatment for his foot injury on our "Alerts" and "Swans Through the Seasons" message boards. Here is a picture showing his injured foot ...

"Granny, the world's oldest raccoon" *Picture* -- The Observer -- 23 February 2008
Here is our "Granny, the world's oldest raccoon" on a path near Lost Lagoon. She lost her tail, part of her 2 ears... But she looks happy... Useless to say that we all love her very much.

Love in the air *Picture* -- The Observer -- 10 January 2008
At one point, a couple of youngsters were sitting at one end of the bench, and Papa Swan arrived at the other. After a few minutes, I heard PLOP! and sure enough, Papa Swan was lying down in his ...

Peace and War at the Lagoon -- The Observer -- 7 January 2008
The fleet were all peaceful today! Now, the day before, they had been all at war - Precious was just dying to man-handle someone (swan-handle?) - and at one point, he made a mad dash after Papa Swan ...

swans and off leash dogs -- Sarah -- 6 January 2008
I just read the report of off-leash dogs having killed a few swans from the lagoon. Personally, I think a law should be enacted prohibiting off-leash dogs in the park. Also, owners of these dogs ...

Flat as a pancake, motionless, being tossed on top of the waves -- The Observer -- 4 November 2007
Yesterday, I started to walk along the shore to where Papa Swan was, when I noticed a swan away off, flat as a pancake, motionless, being tossed on top of the waves in the water (a wind was blowing). ...

Tristan and Isolde "do lunch" *NM* -- The Observer -- 16 October 2007

Precious DYING to get at both Boy, and the food -- The Observer -- 16 October 2007
Boy (on the right) was enjoying a little treasure trove of grain he had come upon, when Precious (left) sailed up to the retainig wall - just dying to get at both Boy and the food! "The face" ...

Precious and Marlika are back at the main lagoon -- The Observer -- 30 September 2007
Interesting observation: For the past 2 days, Precious and Marlika have left their pond-hangout and returned to the main lagoon.... almost EXACTLY when they would do this, if they had a cygnet! I ...

Genghis Swan At Work *Picture* -- The Observer -- 24 September 2007
This picture is of Genghis Swan chasing....and I could have taken a half-dozen more, each with a different swan ahead of him! One thing about Genghis, he doesn't discriminate against any swan - ...

Youngsters' Breakfast *Picture* -- The Observer -- 24 September 2007
I just ADORE this picture of all the young swans. The reason they're all so orderly is that Genghis wasn't around to chase them!

Boy's New Angle: A Funny Picture of Boy Preening *NM* -- The Observer -- 24 September 2007
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