Posted by Edwin Bowe on July 30, 2021 at 9:53 am
Location: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA
Trumpeter Swans, the largest North American waterfowl, were close to extinction in the 1930s due to hunting and habitat loss. Conservation efforts beginning in 1935 preserved habitat, and numbers started to increase. In the early 1960s, Yellowstone had a population of 60 Trumpeters, but that number had dwindled to a total of 4 birds in 2009. In 2011, a program of reintroducing cygnets (young swans) into Yellowstone NP was initiated.