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News & Notes

The New York Times shares the successes of trumpeter swan restoration, the dedication of people who made it happen, and continuing regional issues trumpeter swans still face, in this fascinating article written by Karen Weintraub. From sea to shining sea, trumpeter swans are making a comeback. Read more...

My Swan Story by Carlene H.
My Swan Story by Carlene H.

When was the last time you saw a dirty swan?
On March 22nd at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge I was thrilled to watch this Trumpeter swan diving underwater and then doing barrel rolls at the surface of the water. Swans are so buoyant I am amazed that most of their body can be underwater!

When it popped up out of the water it repeatedly slapped its wings on the water for lots of splashes. I couldn’t help but think that not only was it getting a good bath but it was having fun doing it!

My Swan Story by Carlene H.
My Swan Story by Carlene H.

After it warmed up from a cold, icy winter, I decided to go out to Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge to see if migration was happening. To my delight, I counted 15 swans coming through that day. There was a family of 6 Trumpeters that were bathing in the water and then taking turns coming up on a small patch of ice to finish preening.

I captured this image of an adult swan looking right at my camera, which I thought was humorous! At the same time its cygnet was stretching its mottled tan and white wings. Soon the cygnet will be pure white! What a special time to watch all the swan activity that day!

Minnesota: "Dead trumpeter swans found at Sucker Lake in Vadnais Heights earlier this month died of lead poisoning, according to a University of Minnesota diagnostic lab report...About 10 dead swans were found at Sucker Channel, six at Peltier Dam in Lino Lakes, five at Pickerel Lake in Lilydale, four at Grass Lake in Stearns County, and at least two were found in Little Pine Lake in Ottertail County...at least 50 trumpeter swans swimming on the lake and in the channel in March. Lead poisoning has been an ongoing issue for conservationists in the state." Read more...

Minnesota: The Department of Natural Resources announced on April 1 that a $500 reward is now being offered for information that leads to an arrest in a poaching case that took place in Douglas County last week...The DNR got reports of a doe and a yearling whitetail being shined and shot late in the evening on March 25. A trumpeter swan was shot on the water near the same location the next morning. There was no attempt to retrieve any of the animals. Read more...

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