The Trumpeter Swans on the Voyageur Statue beaver pond have had a successful hatching of 4 tiny Cygnets!
The restored Trumpeter Swan is thriving in Minnesota. Trumpeters were nearly extirpated in the continental U.S. in the early 20th century. Only a tiny population survived in the remote Rocky Mountains of the west.
Starting in the 60’s and 70’s, the MN DNR and other midwestern states started a “re-introduction” experiment. Eggs were collected from Trumpeter Swans in Alaska, where the Swans were not as threatened and had maintained a viable population.
The reintrodution has since taken off! In Minnesota alone, there are now an estimated 6,000 Trumpeters. The birds were originally released in central Minnesota, but now they are expanding their range to parts of Minnesota where they have not occurred in recent history.