Trudy Turner was born in a remote homestead at Lonesome Lake in southwest British Columbia in the 1920s and raised in true pioneer fashion, without running water, electricity or cars. In fact, Trudy learned to fly a plane in her twenties, but didn't obtain her motor vehicle driver's license until she was in her sixties.
In 1939, as a young girl of 10, Trudy's father gave her the job of feeding the near-extinct trumpeter swans that wintered in the region. Trudy's story was first told in 'Fogswamp: Living with Swans in the Wilderness,' which outlined the lives of the Edwards and Turner families and their experiences with the trumpeter swans.
Now in her eighties, Trudy reflects on her unusual life and describes her experiences growing up in a world that others may view as isolated and lonely, but to her was a complete and satisfying existence. Her strong personal viewpoint is a positive reflection of her character, and countered by her deep appreciation for nature and what it has taught her.