Trumpeter swans were once common in Iowa, but were gone from the state by the late 1880s. By the early 1930s, only 69 Trumpeter Swans remained in the lower 48 states. As the largest North American waterfowl, these magnificent all-white birds can weigh up to 32 pounds with an 8-foot wingspan. Public support is vital in restoring Trumpeter Swans to Iowa.
The public is invited to a Trumpeter Swan Soiree at the Des Moines Water Works’ Dale Maffitt Reservoir and at Walnut Woods State Park lodge on Saturday, January 30. Dale Maffitt Reservoir is located on the southwest edge of Des Moines Des Moines metro area. From the intersection of I-35 and Hwy #5; travel 1.5 miles east to South 35th Street (exit 201), travel 1/8th mile south on South 35th Street, then 2 miles west on Maffitt Lake Road, Dale Maffitt Reservoir is located on the south side of the road. https://goo.gl/maps/w9CJ8xyrqbQ2
There will be opportunities to view the Trumpeter Swans through spotting scopes and witness random swan feeding and flying sessions at the Dale Maffitt Reservoir. Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Polk and Dallas County Conservation staff will be giving ten-minute outdoor presentations every half-hour beginning at 10:30 until 1:30 p.m. Hot chocolate, hot cider, cookies, grilled hot dogs and other snacks will be provided free of charge with donations accepted for swan care.
Programs will also be given indoors at the Walnut Woods State Park lodge beginning at 10:30 a.m. Snacks and drinks will be available. Des Moines Water Works will present, “Trumpeting the Cause: Water Quality in Iowa,” at 11:30 a.m. For a complete list of programs, visit http://www.iowadnr.gov/About-DNR/DNR-News-Releases/ArticleID/391/Trumpeter-Swan-Soiree-in-Polk-County-Jan-30.
This event is being sponsored by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Polk and Dallas County Conservation Boards, Des Moines Water Works, Des Moines Parks and Recreation, Walnut Woods State Park, Trumpeter Swan Society, Blank Park Zoo, Christian Photo and Keller Williams Realty.