Saving Trumpeter Swans of Yellowstone – Project Update

Saving Trumpeter Swans of Yellowstone – Project Update

One of the things I’m most excited about these days is the work the Ricketts Conservation Foundation is doing to support wildlife and wilderness areas.  And one of our most important current initiatives is The Swan Project, a multi-year partnership between The Ricketts Conservation Foundation and The Wyoming Wetlands Society to increase the number of Trumpeter Swans in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem.

Getting Ready for Release

Getting Ready for Release

With the end of summer approaching (there’s a winter weather advisory in effect for much of Northwest Wyoming right now), it’s time to ready nine of this year’s cygnets for release into Yellowstone National Park. Like the majority of waterfowl, migration is a learned behavior for Trumpeter Swans. Young birds follow their parents to the wintering grounds in the fall and then return to the place where they learned to fly the following spring.

Update

Update

Earlier this afternoon, the swan family at Jackson Fork Ranch was relaxing on the banks of their nesting pond. The four young birds, (cygnets) are doing well and should be ready for release into Yellowstone National Park or Oregon later this year.