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Trumpeter Swans Heading to Southwest Iowa
Posted: 05/08/2012
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.