Preening Trumpeter Swan On Montana’s Elk Lake

I won’t soon forget being allowed so close to these wild, quintessential swans that came so very close to extinction. […]

Trumpeter Swan Pair With Six Cygnets

Trumpeter Swans are the largest of all North American waterfowl, weighing up to 30 pounds and having a wingspan of as much as 8 feet. It’s hard to imagine that by the 1930’s this species had been almost wiped out. In 1949 the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said that the Trumpeter Swan was “the fourth rarest bird now remaining in America”. But thankfully recent intense swan restoration and management programs have brought the species back from the brink of extinction. […]