The first tundra swan this spring (a single bird) was spotted in the Athalmer sloughs on March 7. By March 18 the swan numbers had increased to over 50.
The Columbia Valley is one of 3 main migration corridors for swans moving through British Columbia from there wintering grounds in the western United States and their breeding grounds in Yukon and Alaska. The valley, with its lakes and wetlands, is an important staging area for swans to ‘fuel’ up before continuing north. Their peak migration is during the later part of March and the first 2 weeks of April.