But here's your chance to learn to tell them apart and to learn lots of other interesting facts about these big white birds that blanket the local winter farmlands like sheets of snow.
Biologist Martha Jordan will present a lecture and beautiful slide show on these "White Birds of Winter" Jan. 24 at the Northwest Stream Center.
Jordan will walk visitors through bird identification and help you become an expert on spotting the different bird types while you are out admiring their beauty. You will also be able to obtain a useful swan identification pamphlet.
These white birds come down to Washington state by the thousands from Alaska and Canada to visit the local farm fields. Jordan will also help steer you to areas where you can see these birds this time of year.
Jordan, who leads the Washington State Stewards, an affiliate of the Trumpeter Swan Society, gears her lecture to middle school students and adults. The Washington Science Teachers Association also offers clock hours to teachers who attend this event.
Jordan's talks cover a variety of topics, from identification to life history of the birds to the latest controversies involving lead poisoning and habitat destruction.
Jordan laces her talks with personal tales: She serves as a surrogate "mom" to baby trumpeter swans so she has a lot of stories to share about these experiences.
"White Birds of Winter" starts at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at the NW Stream Center at McColluim Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. Cost is $5 for Adopt A Stream Foundation members and $7 for nonmembers.
Registration is required by calling 425-316-8592. For more information go to the Adopt A Stream Foundation's website at www.streamkeeper.org.
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