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 health and well-being. Without grassy surfaces to walk on, their feet have ulcers from concrete and gravel, they are predated by coyotes, river otters, raccoons, off-leash dogs and alas, even humans. Because Environment Canada requires pinioning (permanently cutting wings so swans can't fly) they are defenceless. Swans formerly placed in the Miniature Railway pond died of starvation when their throats were blocked by accumulated pine needles ingested from the water. The swans' numbers gradually decreased until only 3 remain. A fine new location has been found for them (August 2016) where Tristan, Bijan and Marika will spend their remaining years in an ideal environment, being cared for by people well-versed in the care of swans. Although we will surely miss them, it would be selfish to deny them the many benefits of their new home; we'll hold their precious memory in our hearts, while wishing them a long and blissful "retirement".

The Swans of Stanley Park website will continue to exist as always, and you are always most welcome to post your questions any time.

Re: Rehabilitating an adult swan  by: The Regal Swan
Hi Beth There are several factors that would enter into this decision. 1. The size of your overall facility for housing various species. 2. Whether you have a large water..
Re: Single swan stops at lake behind our house every Fall  by: The Regal Swan
Hi Karen More than likely, your pond serves as a stopover along the Migratory path. Stopovers allow birds to rest, eat and revive their energy levels before proceeding to winter habitats or returning..
Single swan stops at lake behind our house every Fall  by: Karen
We have a small lake behind our house and for at least five years we have had a swan come and hang out in the fall for about a month. The it disappears until the following year. We live in Omaha NE..
Rehabilitating an adult swan  by: Beth
An adult female swan was found with a fish hook stuck in her throat. After an operation the fish hook was successfully removed. When being rehabilitated, the swan had to be kept alone. If there was..
Re: Cygnet Rehab: Suggestions for swan enrichment toys/activities?  by: The Regal Swan
Hi Rebecca: Thank you for taking the swan in and rehabbing him. There are a couple of suggestions. First, get a large plastic swimming pool and sink it in the ground or dig a small lined pond so that..
Re: Is it a herd?  by: The Regal Swan
Hi Annie The overall group is called the flock, but there may be sub flocks of younger birds and families. Migration is beginning so the numbers may fluctuate until all leave for the Migratory..
Is it a herd?  by: Annie
Hi! Just a question... today along the walk, we spotted up to almost 30 swans in (hm... not sure how to describe it) small section of the bay. Yesterday there were only about 18. It didn't seem to me..
Re: What happened?  by: Kelly smart
Unfortunately, mother park board shakes the eggs so they never hatch. They do it every year, truly sad.
Cygnet taken away from its parents at Ambleside  by: Samantha
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..
Re: What happened?  by: Kim
That's sad, sad they clip their wings too. I wonder why they do it...aren't the swans wild? Shouldn't they be free, free to fly, free to have cygnets...wouldn't they just fly away eventually....isn't..
Re: What happened?  by: S Boy
I was told that the ecology center people destroyed the eggs - they don't want more Swans!
The Swan Project   by: L. Martina Young, PhD
Hello Fellow Swan Lovers: I am a dance artist and independent scholar in the United States with a life project addressing the image of the swan across diverse disciplines including dance and..
"Amazing Swans" video   by:
"Amazing Swans" A Wildlife Conservation Documentary
Re: Where could I photograph Muted Swans in Southern California  by: Shelby
Bear valley springs, in Tehachapi ca. At four island lake.
Fiona and the swans   by: Message from Karen
pic I have just been in Vancouver for a couple of days and just prior to leaving I took a 5 mile stroll around Stanley Park culminating at Lost Lagoon. There I saw Fiona feeding the swans and I have to..
Royal swan fight  by: Just trying to kill each other!
I got down to the Lagoon on Sunday Nov 27 and things were pretty calm - Tristan and Isolde came up to eat at this end. Then... Bijan came closer - he must have been pretty hungry, and decided he'd..
Mama & Papa Swan's Adventures   by: Swans 10 - Raccoon 0
pic Mama and Papa Swan sailed proudly along the channel at their end of the lagoon. They have enough feathers to look regal, as long as Papa doesn’t try to raise his wings too high – they ARE still a bit..
Summer Swans   by: It Isn’t Easy Being Green
pic Today is cool and raining, and although that doesn’t put a smile on many visitors’ faces, it’s a happy fleet of swans we see scattered across the lagoon, bouncing on the windswept waves. During the..
Summer Swans   by: Help! Extreme Makeover Needed
pic It’s early summer and most of the Lost Lagoon swans are slipping into their just-kick-back-and-relax look, but some take that fashion much farther than others. First, it’s the season when they root..
Elephant and Dog share their love of water   by: Admin
pic The relationship of Bubbles and Bella developed because of their shared love of the water. The pursuit of "aquatic antics" instilled a strong bond between these unlikely pals. Watermark on..
The horse that paints   by: Admin
New video of this amazing horse (click on the link below)
Baby elephant saved from water well   by: Admin
"Members of the Amboseli Trust, an elephant welfare and conservation group, rescued a baby elephant trapped in a water well in Kenya." See Baby run to Mom after the rescue. There is a..