Birds in Flight

The Majestic Trumpeter Swans in Flight Over Minnesota

Minnesota is known for a variety of beautiful wildlife, and the trumpeter swan is no exception. These sky-gracing waterfowl have captured the hearts of many Minnesotans with their graceful aerial displays. A large population of these birds are seen throughout the state, although they can be spotted in other Great Lakes areas, including Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Iowa.

Trumpeter swans are the largest waterfowl breeds in the world and are often referred to as “flying snowflakes” due to their white plumage. Their wingspan is approximately six feet, allowing them to soar high above tree lines and marshland. Although they look quite majestic mid-flight, they’re also quite capable on land—they can weigh up to 30 pounds!

These birds can live for up to 20 years and mate for life with their chosen partner—an impressive feat for any animal! Interestingly enough, their mating call sounds similar to a trumpet hence their name “trumpeter.” In winter months, you might hear this sound echoing off lake surfaces or when flying solo or with a pair over marshes.

Although trumpeter swans were once thought to be extinct due to hunting decimation during the late 19th century and early 20th century periods; conservation efforts have led to an increase in their population numbers both in Minnesota and beyond. As of last year’s census count, there are approximately 912 adult trumpeter swans living in wild populations across Minnesota alone!

The Trumpeter Swan Society has developed a focused stewardship program called “Operation Recovery” meant to restore native breeding populations across all five Great Lake states by 2020—a goal that we’re well on track to achieving if current numbers serve as any indication! This project encourages both public awareness and community involvement so we can all work together towards making sure these beautiful creatures thrive for many years into the future.

If you ever find yourself exploring Minnesota wetlands or lakeshores during spring or summer months, take a moment pause mid-trekking adventure and witness the awe-inspiring sight of two or more trumpeter swans taking flight amongst rolling hillsides or reflecting lake surfaces; it will surely take your breath away!

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