Photograph by Danny J. Brown, Audubon Center at Riverlands

25th Swan Conference

November 19-21, 2019 in Alton, Illinois

You're invited!

The 25th Swan Conference theme is "Swans, Confluences and Rivers... Connecting People."  

The 25th Swan Conference will look at the successes and challenges involved with long-term management of Trumpeter Swans. Special attention will be given to the role of Trumpeter Swans connecting people to the importance of wetland conservation and healthy waters needed by wildlife and people. Trumpeter Swan issues and opportunities across North America will also be presented. An all-day field trip will explore the area's swan winter sites including National Wildlife Refuges.

This conference will have something of interest to anyone who enjoys Trumpeter Swans, wants to learn more about Trumpeter Swans, or who is involved with Trumpeter Swan restoration and management. We hope you will join us!

"Swans, Confluences and Rivers...Connecting People"

Where: Alton, Illinois (Best Western Premier Alton-St.Louis Area Hotel)

Our hosts: Audubon Center at Riverlands

                  Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Costs: Registration fee includes 2 days of presentations (includes Early Bird discount). Separate fees for field trip and banquet (no Early Bird discount). Early Bird registration until Oct. 20, 2019.

  • Total Early Bird Full Registration (ends Oct. 20)  for all 3 days: $170 (presentations, all-day Field Trip, Gala)
  • After October 20, 2019, Full Registration for all 3 days: $190

Registration closes Nov. 15, 2019

> Early Bird Presentations registration, until Oct. 20, 2019 (2 days of presentations, includes lunch and break snacks): $100. After Oct. 20: $120

> Single Day presentations option available on registration form

> Field Trip (includes lunch and sunset swan viewing & social reception at Audubon Center with hors d’oeuvres and drinks provided): $30

> Banquet and Silent Auction: $40

The Swan Conference field trip will end with swan viewing at sunset at the Audubon Center at Riverlands

Audubon Center at Riverlands interior. Photo by Lane Richter

Swan Conference Schedule

Monday (Nov 18) - General attendees travel day and evening social at the hotel.

Tuesday (Nov 19) - Presentation day

Wednesday (Nov 20) - Field trip day and evening swan viewing and social at Audubon Center at Riverlands (see photo). Full Itinerary

Thursday (Nov 21) - Presentation day and evening banquet

Friday (Nov 22) - Travel day home

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25th Swan Conference Sponsors

The Trumpeter Swan Society, Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary and the Audubon Center at Riverlands would like to thank the Agencies, businesses, and organizations listed below for their generous sponsorship support of this conference.

Cygnet Sponsor ~ $1,000

Contributing Sponsor ~ $500

Supporter ~ $100 - $499

  • The Dr. Jerome Katchin Waterfowl Foundation

Are you interested in learning more about becoming a valued Conference Sponsor?

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Donate to the Silent Auction

A silent auction will be held as part of the 25th Swan Conference. The auction is an opportunity to donate an item, or experience, gift cards etc. to help raise valuable funds for trumpeter swan conservation.  If you are a business or organization it is another opportunity for sponsor visibility at our conference as we will display items with literature about your organization that you provide us.

Popular silent auction items include original artwork or photography, signed and unsigned books, outdoor gear and clothing, specialty food items, and swan, bird, or outdoor-themed items, gift cards, experiences, and themed baskets.

To make a donation, complete this form and mail/email it to the Audubon Society at Riverlands. Donated items may be sent separately or hand-delivered to the conference. Mailed items must be received by September 30, 2019. Thank you!

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