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Trumpeter Swans
Midwest Region, January 10, 2011
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Approximately ten years ago, the first trumpeter swans began to show up at Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge. Every year, more and more trumpeter swans are stopping at Squaw Creek NWR particularly during the fall. During the fall of 2010, the first swans showed up on November 15 and the number increased each week. By the end of November, 95 turmpeter swans were counted.. A peak of 117 were seen on December 2, 2010 just prior to the annual Eagle Days event. This large concentration of swans attracted a great deal of attention from the general public and was one of the additional highlights for visitors attending Eagle Days. Approximatley 97 swans were still present on January 3, 2011 before all of the pools and wetlands completely froze over. The record peak of swans was December 18, 2009 when 148 trumpeter swans were counted.

Contact Info: Ron Bell, 660/442-5754,extension 13, Ron_Bell@fws.gov
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