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Six new cygnets at Green Castle

June 15, 2013
By GARRY BRANDENBURG , Times-Republican

TRUMPETER SWANS seem to have made a great comeback from the brink of extinction. Prior to settlement, these swans, Cygnus buccinator, nested throughout the state. However, wetland drainage and unregulated hunting during the 1800s brought them to a low point. The last documented Trumpeter Swan nest was in 1883 on what is now the Twin Lakes Wildlife Area southwest of Belmond. This is in Hancock County in north central Iowa.



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