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The Trumpeter Swan Society (TTSS) is a non-profit organization, founded in 1968 and dedicated to assuring the vitality and welfare of wild Trumpeter Swans. 

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News & Notes

My Swan Story by Kandi S. Over the past couple years, my husband and I have had the opportunity and pleasure to participate in the pre-release and banding of cygnets as part of the Flathead restoration project. The boots on the ground team included breeder John Jarvis, tribal biologist Dale Becker, a veterinarian and volunteers on the Salish Kootenai Reservation. Read more....

The Trumpeter Swan Society is partnering with Yellowstone National Park to determine the causes of swan decline in the park. In Yellowstone National Park, the nearby Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge and surrounding region, about 70 birds remained. Now in a twist of ecological fate, what was once one of the last reservoirs of trumpeter swans in the lower 48 may blink out. Learn more...

My Swan Story - by Gregory Cook
My Swan Story - by Gregory Cook

YUKON. We just returned late last night from a week in Yukon. The fall colors were extraordinary but so was the trumpeter swan viewing on Dezadeash Lake. 6 pairs, sometimes together and sometimes separated. Preening, feeding, resting, paddling around, paddling madly to get in full take-off mode before flying, speaking softly and trumpeting loudly--a fine panoply of behaviors and sounds played out against an overwhelmingly spectacular backdrop of color and Yukon mountains.

NICOLLET — An unlicensed hunter might face criminal charges after he shot and killed two trumpeter swans on a Nicollet County lake.

Other hunters reported the poacher on Duck Lake early Saturday morning, which was the opener of the waterfowl hunting season.

A Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer responded to the lake, which is part of the Swan Lake Wildlife Management Area north of Nicollet. Read more...

This story originally ran in the Fall 2018 issue of Audubon as “Triumph of the Trumpeters.” Read the story of the comeback of trumpeter swans to northwest Montana. The restoration effort of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation is a remarkable two decades long story of patience, persistence and partnerships that restores the beautiful trumpeter swan and a cultural link to the Nation's heritage. Dale Becker, swan restoration leader, is past president of The Trumpeter Swan Society board. Note one of the captions is not correct. Neck collars are plastic while the leg bands are metal. Read more...

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