Trumpeter Swans Heading to Southwest Iowa
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will release trumpeter swans at two locations in southwest Iowa on May 10. Each release will be preceded by a 20 minute program with an opportunity to view the swans up close.
The first swan release will be at Rapp Park, north of Shenandoah, at 9:30 a.m. The second site is the Riverton Wildlife Area Jensen Tract with a program at Riverton City Park Pavilion, preceding the release, at 2 p.m.
Four swans will be released at each site.
Trumpeter swans are the largest waterfowl in North America, weighing up to 32 pounds and with a wing span of up to eight feet. The swans being released are part of the Iowa DNR’s statewide trumpeter swan restoration effort to restore wild, free-flying swans to Iowa.