Celebrating 50 years!
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.
We are the only non-profit organization working for Trumpeter Swan conservation across North America.
Central Iowa Swan Soiree
Saturday, January 26, 2019. 10:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Family fun programs at Walnut Woods State Park
Swan viewing at Dale Maffitt Reservoir
Meet a swan! Activities for kids and adults! Food! Learn about the return of swans to North America as well as Iowa's special swan story; learn about wetland conservation. Get a sneak peak at the TTSS film "Return of the Trumpeter Swan" documentary film! Go on a guided field trip and learn Nature Photography 101 with hands on photo tips.
Saturday programs will be both indoors and outdoors at the Walnut Woods State Park lodge. Also enjoy outdoor viewing and interpretive presentations about trumpeter swans and bald eagles given by Iowa DNR, Des Moines Parks and Rec, Polk and Dallas County Conservation naturalists.
Spotting scopes and binoculars will be provided.
An estimated 160 trumpeter swans are wintering at the Dale Maffitt Reservoir and surrounding area southwest of Des Moines, providing a rare opportunity to view good numbers of free flying trumpeter swans.
This event is being sponsored by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Polk and Dallas County Conservation Boards, Des Moines Water Works, Des Moines Parks and Recreation, Walnut Woods State Park, and the Trumpeter Swan Society.
For more information or questions contact:
David Hoffman IA DNR- Trumpeter Swan Restoration Coordinator
(641) 425-0737 cell, (641) 357-3517 office
Swans are sleeping by the shore,
Plumes folded misty white;
They awaken, just before
Jeweled sun sheds wintry light.
They trumpet brass and gold,
The pale morning rings;
Fog heaves in the cold,
The river snaps and sings.
The swans are wary, black eyes
Keeping watch the silvery day;
With beating wings they rise
Over glittering waters away.
Theirs the green countryside,
Shining lake, russet hill;
The swan scorns to hide
Behind clouds low and chill.
White wings at swanfall,
In scarlet evening the swans return;
They jostle, settle and call,
Soon white stars will burn.
Close among reeds the nest,
And vigils that leave no trace;
Stick-feathered cygnets at the breast
Will remember this place.
~ Cameron La Follette
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Note from TTSS: This change could be very detrimental to habitat for Trumpeter Swans and many other fish and wildlife.
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