Sunday, April 17th, 2011
Trumpeter Swan

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A Trumpeter Swan swims in a portion of open water near the outlet of Marsh Lake in the Yukon. The Trumpeter Swan is the largest swan in the world and the largest waterfowl species native to North America. Its neck is often stained rust-brown from contact with ferrous minerals in wetland soils during feeding.
Below, a flock of Trumpeter Swans flies above the Yukon River near Marsh Lake near sunset. I have come to appreciate their eerie, haunting, winsome call – part whoop, part sigh- as one of the most memorable sounds of spring.

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Monday, June 13th, 2005
Trumpeter Swan

Trumpeter Swans are among the many species of birds that migrate to Alaska in summer from thousands of miles away. It’s hard to believe that the Trumpeter Swan, the largest waterfowl on earth, was almost hunted to extinction in the lower 48 several decades ago. Today, 80% of the trumpeter swan’s world population of around 16,000 breeds in Alaska.

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