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TODAY IS Thursday August 24th
Rare Trumpeter Swans Reproduce in Steuben County
Friday Aug 11, 2017 12:03pm
Angola, IN

By: Sheila McCrea

According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, a pair of endangered trumpeter swans have successfully hatched an offspring in Steuben County. DNR officials say this is the first time this has happened since modern bird watching records have been kept.

Experts say that before 2017, sightings of trumpeter swan families in Indiana had been limited to winter, with the birds breeding in other states.

Trumpeter swans have been successfully reintroduced in Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin, and in Ontario, Canada. Trumpeter swans tend to return to their territories each year, and females tend to return to the site where they were hatched. With breeding birds in nearby states, the natural range expansion back into Indiana was expected, according to officials the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife.

Trumpeter swans are one of two native swan species in North America. The other is the tundra swan.

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