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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Adams County Conservation Board will release four trumpeter swans at Lake Icaria at 9 a.m., on May 8.

The release is open to the public and will take place rain or shine.  The Lake Icaria east boat ramp is the release site which is six miles north of Corning on Hwy. 148, then three miles east of 160th Street.

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 Dan Carl, Adams County Conservation Board, 641-322-4793.