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Photograph by Danny J. Brown, Audubon Center at Riverlands

25th Swan Conference

November 19-21, 2019 in Alton, Illinois

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The 25th Swan Conference has something of interest for anyone who enjoys Trumpeter Swans, wants to learn more about Trumpeter Swans, or who is involved with Trumpeter Swan restoration and management. Whether you are a wildlife professional or someone who loves Trumpeter Swans, the mighty Mississippi and Missouri rivers, and nature-rich wetlands, this conference is for you!. Birders, photographers, and anyone who wants to learn more about North America's Trumpeter Swans is warmly invited to attend!

The theme of the conference is "Swans, Confluences and Rivers... Connecting People." A series of presentations will highlight how Trumpeter Swans connect people to the importance of wetland conservation and healthy waters needed by wildlife and people. There will be updates sharing how Trumpeter Swans are doing across North America and the successes and challenges swans experience in different regions.  You will hear about the latest swan research including Yellowstone National Park and other swans of the west, plus an exciting multi-state Midwest swan tracking project. All this and much more.

A fun and educational all-day field trip will explore the area's swan wintering sites including National Wildlife Refuges as we travel along the Mississippi's Great River Road. A delicious Gala banquet with live music, a keynote presentation by local famed photographer Danny J. Brown, and an amazing silent auction make a delightful and wonderful end to the 25th Swan Conference.

We hope you will join us!

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

Where: Alton, Illinois (Best Western Premier Alton-St.Louis Area Hotel)  3559 College Avenue| Alton | IL | 62002

Our hosts: Audubon Center at Riverlands

                  Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Costs: FULL Registration fee includes 2 days of presentations, all-day Field Trip and Gala Banquet.

  • Total Full Registration for all 3 days: $190 (presentations, all-day Field Trip, Gala)

Registration closed Nov. 15, 2019

Or pick and choose your options

> Presentation Days registration (Tuesday and Thursday (2 days of presentations, includes lunch and break snacks): $120.

> Single Day . Choose Tuesday or Thursday. Early Bird $60/day.

> Field Trip (includes lunch and sunset swan viewing & social reception at Audubon Center with complimentary 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) will be the ending location of the Wednesday field trip. Photo by Lane Richter

Swan Conference Schedule

Best Western Premier Alton-St. Louis Area Hotel

3559 College Avenue| Alton | IL | 62002



Monday (Nov 18)

  •    Evening social at the hotel (6:00-8:00 pm).

Tuesday (Nov 19)-

  •     Presentation day (8:00 am- 5:15 pm)

Wednesday (Nov 20)-

  •    Field trip day and evening swan viewing and social at Audubon Center at Riverlands (8:00 am-6:00 pm). Full Itinerary

Thursday (Nov 21) -

  •     Presentation day (8:30 am- 5:00 pm)
  •     Gala Banquet (6:00-10:00 pm.)

Friday (Nov 22) - Travel day home

Learn more about each's day activities


Travel and Accommodations: Learn more

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 - $999

Supporter ~ $100 - $499

  • Delta Waterfowl Foundation
  • Dr. Gary Ivey
  • Lower Illinois River Valley-Rural Prosperity Initiative
  • 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 October 31, 2019. Thank you!

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