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By Elaine Caton
Education and Swan Program Coordinator, Blackfoot Challenge 

Trumpeter swans in the Blackfoot keep rising to the challenge!

 

December 6, 2018

Elaine Caton

A trumpeter swan spreading its wings for the first time in the wild at the Blackfoot Challenge's annual Trumpeter Swan Release.

It may seem far away now, but we all remember the wet, chilly days of last spring and the water that seemed to be everywhere as streams overflowed when the snow melted. Those conditions made it challenging for the trumpeter swans that, with help from many concerned landowners and others, have been trying to make a comeback in the Blackfoot Watershed. At least one nest site was under water for weeks, making it impossible for the swans to nest. And eggs or young cygnets in other nests may have gotten too chilled to survive.

Trumpeter swans must incubate their eggs for around 34 days in May a...



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