Posts Tagged ‘swans’

Trumpeter swans were once gone from Iowa

Photo of swans being released

Trumpeter swans are a majestic sight. Their graceful long necks. Their brilliant white feathers. Their long, slender wings that help them hover above the earth. As strong as they may look, being the largest waterfowl native to North America, they are not invincible. In fact, they were once extirpated — extinct in a local region…

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4 ways to tell apart swans and snow geese

Photo of a tundra swan

It’s a big, white bird paddling on that body of water. But what exactly is it? Most likely, it’s a trumpeter swan if you’re in Iowa. The trumpeter swans is native to the state and is the biggest waterfowl native to the U.S., its wingspan reaching up to 8 feet — that’s taller than Yao…

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Check waterfowl off your birding list during migration

Photo of canvasback

Honks and quacks are filling the air as waterfowl begin to migrate through the Iowa Great Lakes area. Hooded mergansers, white-fronted geese, trumpeter swans — see how many species you can check off your list during the next Birdwatchers Anonymous birding trek 9 a.m. Saturday, March 31. (Seven waterfowl to look for during migration.) Meet…

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Kenue Park celebrates 28th birthday this year

Photo of the Westport Schoolhouse with new wood shingles

“The Dickinson County Conservation Board has done it again. “They have taken a major recreation step in the Iowa Great Lakes, not unlike the creation a number of years ago of a winter recreation park called Horseshoe Bend, southwest of Milford. “This time, they have all the bases covered, with the new park providing spring,…

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Swans standing like flamingoes

Two trumpeter swans and a goose on a partially frozen wetland

I turned on the live web camera at the nature center last week and zoomed in on the two rehabilitated trumpeter swans on the wetland. The weather was warm, and it appeared the waterfowl were having a ball in the springtime temperatures. They dipped their necks down into the water and then bent them back…

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Watch the swans on our live web camera

Two trumpeter swans and a goose on a partially frozen wetland

As waterfowl migrate through the area, many are finding the wetland in Kenue Park an enticing place to stop. You can watch the ducks, geese and swans as they go about their daily routines thanks to the Dickinson County Nature Center’s live web camera. A new, high-resolution camera was installed at the Dickinson County Nature…

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