By Elaine Caton
Education and Swan Program Coordinator, Blackfoot Challenge 

A swan success story


February 16, 2023

Elaine Caton

The Trumpeter Swan population has now been officially restored in the Blackfoot watershed.

By Elaine Caton, Blackfoot Challenge Education & Swan Program Coordinator

The Blackfoot Challenge and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began working together in 2005 to restore trumpeter swans to the Blackfoot watershed. Thanks to the support and hard work of many partners, landowners, teachers, and schoolkids over the years, we met our project goal in 2022, and the swan population here is now considered officially restored! The goal was to have at least seven successful nests for at least two years in a row. We released young, captive-raised swans almost every year since 2005, in pu...

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