Port Credit, Mississauga, Ontario
The Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) - also known as Bugler Swan - is the largest North American waterfowl species.
The Trumpeter Swans are native to North America, where they naturally occur in Canada and the United States.
In the past, Trumpeter Swans nested over much of North America. However, between the 1600s - 1800s, the Trumpeter Swans were hunted for their feathers, as their largest flight feathers were in demand for quill pens. During the 19th century, hunting and again the demand for their feathers (for fashionable hats) and skins (used to make ladies' powder puffs) depleted their numbers. By 1940, they were hunted to near extinction in the lower 48 states. In recent areas, populations have recovered in some areas - particularly in the Pacific Northwest, and conservations efforts are ongoing to reintroduce them to many other parts of their historic range.