Trumpeter swan population bounces back in Iowa

Photo by pmarkham, Flickr.

Trumpeter swans are making a comeback in Iowa. This species used to nest throughout our state, but hunting and wetland drainage for farming depleted their population.

Now, Iowa protects trumpeter swans from hunting, and wetland conservation efforts are restoring their natural habitat.

These efforts have resulted in about 50 nesting pairs of trumpeter swans in Iowa today – 15 years ago, there were no nesting pairs in our state.

Listen to a radio segment on the swans’ resurgence from Iowa Public Radio here.

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About Michael Gallagher

I am originally from outside of Chicago, but I have spent the last five years in Iowa pursuing my education. From 2006-2010 I attended Grinnell College, where I received a B.A. in English. Currently, I am a graduate student in the University of Iowa's journalism department. In addition to my work for CGRER, I write for the non-profit investigative reporting organization Iowa Watch. Previously, I worked as a freelance writer, primarily contributing to Hoopla (The Gazette's arts and culture publication), and I assistant coached the Grinnell College cross country and track teams for a year. My interests include writing, running, watching the Chicago Bulls, and . . . environmental news!
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