Below is the link to a detailed and interactive 'virtual' look at the magnificent landscape and a variety of wildlife that make Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge a national treasure.
The on-line interactive tour consists of many 360 degree panoramas, with annotated features, plus about 350 photos and their descriptions related to the physical locations represented by the panoramas.
CREDITS:The tour was programmed and photographed by James "Newt" Perdue, a volunteer at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. Other related photos by James can be found in several galleries here. The images on those external web pages are not a part of the US Fish and Wildlife Service webpage and are copyrighted by James Perdue.
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In 1932, fewer than 70 trumpeters were known to exist worldwide, at a location near Yellowstone National Park. This led to the establishment of Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in 1935. Red Rock Lakes is located in Montana's Centennial Valley and is part of the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Nearly half of the known trumpeter swans in 1932 were found in this area. Warm springs provide year-round open waters where swans find food and cover even in the coldest weather.
Today, estimates show about 46,225 trumpeter swans reside in North America, including some 26,790 in the Pacific Coast population (Alaska,Yukon, and NW British Columbia) which winter on the Pacific Coast; 8,950 in Canada; about 9,809 in the Midwest; and about 487 in the tri-state area of Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana (including the Red Rock Lakes refuge flock).