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North Iowa Outdoors: Be on the Lookout for Trumpeter Swans

Trumpeter Swans are making a comeback in Iowa, but more so in Winnebago and Hancock Counties. These majestic birds were not so common twenty years ago due to a number of factors, but now they have returned to area wetlands and lakes. The Department of Natural Resources is asking for the help of the general public. If someone spots a nest, they are asked to contact the DNR to report it.

The DNR’s Dave Hoffman described what people should be looking for.

Those who would be looking for nests should not approach the nest or make contact with the young birds.

The area has had success in bringing the population back according to Hoffman.

The DNR is looking to tag the birds to get a better idea where they nest, how they migrate, and move about the area. Anyone can Google search Iowa DNR Trumpeter Swan to track the movements of the birds who have GPS collars. So far, area birds have traveled to 17 states and all of the Canadian provinces.

Those who do spot a nest and want to report it can email: They can also call Hoffman at (641) 425-0737.


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