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Anne, Old Post Office | March 2, 2021

When you think of wildlife living in the city - what species come to mind? Maybe you picture Squirrels, Coyotes, Pigeons, or Canada Geese. But there is more to see!

Idea Exchange, Old Post Office is located directly on the Grand River with expansive windows that offer a great view. In the past year since our opening, we've seen some interesting wildlife from the Member Services desk! Here’s a small snapshot:

The Great Blue Heron is a common sight you will see standing in the water out the South window, or flying up and down the river throughout the day. You may also see the pair of Red-Tailed Hawks that nest on the roof of Central Presbyterian Church beside Queen’s Square. You will see them perching on the spires, gliding around the church, and sending the Rock Pigeons scattering!

Trumpeter Swans, our largest waterfowl species, were once extirpated in Ontario and nearly extinct in the rest of their range. In 1886, just one year after the Old Post Office was built, the last sighting of a wild bird in Ontario was recorded.  Nearly 100 years later, the Ontario Ministry of Natural resources joined a North American conservation project to bring Trumpeter Swans back. Eggs collected from remaining populations in the Yukon and Alaska were successfully raised and reintroduced. We've seen groups of 3 to 7 in the river and standing on the ice in the winter. How lucky we are to have them back!

Other sightings include:

We invite you to explore the Grand River and sign out a pair of binoculars now available at Old Post Office. Report the birds that you see on eBird and help build our Life List. We’re still waiting to see a Bald Eagle, maybe you'll spot it first!

Happy exploring!


Submitted by Patricia (not verified) on

In the spring while driving towards Brantford on 24 adjacent to the Grand River I saw a large bird heading directly for my windshield. It passed just slightly overhead of my car and it was an osprey with a fish in its claws. Pretty darn awesome sight!

Submitted by Anne (not verified) on

Oh wow, that would have been impressive and heart-pounding! Thank you for sharing your sighting!