SWAN LAKES: THE RECOVERY OF TRUMPETER SWANS
May 23, 2017 –
Boulder County Audubon Society presents
“Swan Lakes,” with Stephen Jones
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Boulder Unitarian Universalist Church, 5001 Pennsylvania Ave.
The recovery of trumpeter swans from just a few dozen known individuals during the 1920s to more than 63,000 today is one of North America's most heartening wildlife success stories. The recovery is vividly apparent in the Nebraska Sandhills, where after being extirpated during the late 19th century, trumpeters have returned to nest on several lakes named after them 130 years ago. Preservation of historic nesting and wintering areas has contributed to an increase in the Sandhills trumpeter swan population from zero in 1910 to nearly 1000 today. Steve will take us on a visit to several trumpeter swan nesting and wintering locations, including two "Swan Lakes." He will share with us the uniqueness of the Sandhills trumpeter swans; the wild beauty of their nesting sites; and the tenderness, fidelity, and courage of nesting families.
Stephen Jones is author of The Last Prairie, a Sandhills Journal, and co-author of The Shortgrass Prairie, the Peterson Field Guide to the North American Prairie, Colorado Nature Almanac, Wild Boulder County, and Butterflies of the Colorado Front Range.
Join us! This program is free and the public is most welcome.