The Willapa National Wildlife Refuge and surrounding area on the Long Beach Peninsula provide a resting place and a refuge for many species during their migration northward to their nesting grounds. Migratory trumpeter swans are one of these species. Thanksgiving is the time of year when we can begin to look for swans. They gather in flocks come winter on their favored lakes and in agricultural fields. Some have already been reported on Loomis Lake and in Hines Marsh. These are two of their favorite places on the Peninsula, but they can also be seen elsewhere including Black Lake and Leadbetter Point.

Hines Marsh has always been one of their most favorite of their wintering places, except during the 1950s and 1960s when ditching and draining of the marsh resulted in the Trumpeters abandoning the area. They returned in 2003 after much work was done to restore the marsh by Washington State Parks and others, including the Trumpeter Swan Society.

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