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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will release four trumpeter swans at Summit Lake, one mile west of Creston on Hwy. 25 at 10 a.m., on May 9. The release site is the boat ramp on the south side of the road.

The release is open to the public and will take place rain or shine.

The event includes a 20-minute swan/wetland presentation, a unique opportunity to touch and view the swans up close, and a historic photo opportunity with the kids.

As the largest North American waterfowl, these magnificent all-white birds can weigh up to 32 pounds with an 8-foot wingspan.

Trumpeter swans were once common in Iowa, but were gone from the state by the late 1880s.  By the early 1930s, only 69 trumpeter swans remained in the lower 48 states.  The trumpeter swans being released are part of the DNR’s statewide trumpeter swan restoration effort.

For more information contact David Hoffman, Wildlife Technician, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, at 641-425-0737 or Chap Paup, Wildlife Biologist, Iowa Department of Natural Resources at 515-238-5708.