The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) is asking all states and provinces to assist with the 2015 Trumpeter Swan Survey for North America. This survey, conducted once every 5 years, provides baseline population data for trumpeter swan management throughout North America.
The USFWS is requesting an estimate of the number of free-flying trumpeter swans, adults plus cygnets, in Iowa.
“We would like the help of avid birders and others with an interest in waterfowl to gather as much information on local swans as possible. Swans are fairly conspicuous and, in most cases, someone will know if swans are in the area,” said David Hoffman, wildlife technician with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
The targeted time period for this survey is June 6 – Sept. 25. Hoffman asked to not include any captive swans in the count.
Count information should be sent to David.Hoffman@dnr.iowa.gov by Oct. 2.