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Trumpeter Swans to be Released at Adams County's Lake Icaria

  • 4/26/2016 7:45:00 AM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will release two trumpeter swans at Lake Icaria Recreation Area, near Corning, rain or shine at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 12. The release site is located 5 miles north of Corning on Hwy. 148, and then three miles east on 160th Street (gravel) to the east boat ramp on the north side of Lake Icaria.

The release 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 Iowa DNR’s statewide trumpeter swan restoration effort, with hopes that they will help restore a wild free flying population to Iowa.  Public support is key to achieve this objective.