The Early Bird Gets the Ice

The Early Bird Gets the Ice

When most people imagine scientific research they think microscopes and lab coats. When thinking of conservation they picture park rangers and polar bears. If people even consider loon conservation, they might imagine artificial nest rafts or aluminum fishing boats....
Start of Season and Covid-19

Start of Season and Covid-19

   April showers… are still bringing snow. Springtime in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is finally here — temperatures are above freezing (if barely), birds are migrating through the area (most recently mountain bluebirds and killdeer), and RCF is getting its...
Sometimes 17 Is a Big Number

Sometimes 17 Is a Big Number

The number 17 does not come to mind when you think of big numbers, but when you’re working with Common Loons in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE), an isolated population numbering only 22 territorial pairs, small numbers like 17 can be relatively massive. This...
Keeping Everyone Safe

Keeping Everyone Safe

Since our previous post the snow at the rearing pond has melted away. The captive pair of Trumpeter Swans have been placed on the pond and the female is now incubating her nest, with the male in attendance. All is peaceful now, but a week ago things were much more...
The Breeding Season Approaches

The Breeding Season Approaches

As the days grow longer, snow and ice begin to melt and Trumpeter Swans head from their wintering grounds to their breeding sites. Young pairs, usually three to four years old, spend their first year together scouting for unoccupied habitat where they can breed in...
Swan Release in Yellowstone National Park

Swan Release in Yellowstone National Park

On Monday September 10th, the partnership released eight Trumpeter Swan cygnets into Yellowstone National Park. Four birds were released at Elk Antler Creek on The Yellowstone River and four were released at Seven-Mile Bridge on the Madison River, halfway between West...
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...
Wind River Progress

Wind River Progress

In late July, this family of Trumpeter Swans was found at the Goose Pond wetland complex, east of Fort Washakie on the Wind River Indian Reservation (WRIR). This is the first successful breeding attempt resulting from the partnership’s release program in Fremont...
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. The primary method...