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...
Fast Growing Cygnets

Fast Growing Cygnets

These cygnets are less than two weeks old and weigh no more than two pounds. Within the next three months they will have grown a full set of feathers and weigh more than 20 pounds. The energy required to fuel such growth is huge. Not only do the young need lots of...
Devoted Parents

Devoted Parents

Trumpeter Swans are very devoted parents. They spend almost all of their time tending to their brood, finding good feeding spots and making sure that any potential predator keeps its distance. The local Uinta ground squirrels have learned that an attacking swan means...