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.