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Trumpeter Swans Return to Area for First Time in 100 Years 

The trumpeter swan (Cygnus buccinator) was once critically endangered in Norther America with only a few hundred thought to exist in the wild. Through careful conservation planning, their numbers have rebounded in the last couple of decades. In Alberta, the majority of breeding swans occurred in the northwest part of the province. More recently, we have observed swans breeding on large wetlands west of Calgary, most likely for the first time in the past 100 years!! Alberta Wildlife Stewardship is interested in recording the recolonization of habitat by swans. If interested, please send observations of swans in your area, primarily between June and August (breeding season). Please note the location (place name, or Sec-Twp-Rng), how many and if any young (cygnets) observed. Ideally photos would be helpful.   

All information would be kept confidential and information used to understand distribution of swans. Please send any observation to brett.boukall@gov.ab.ca  

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