This weekend (June 14-15) The Trumpeter Swan Society Interns, Annie and Bill, headed up near the Island Park area of southeastern Idaho to check on a potential swan nesting site. The site is on Beaver Pond in the Targhee National Forest, a pond secluded by a berm created from an old lava flow. We arrived at the site and quietly hiked up the old basalt mound, hiding behind as many trees as possible to conceal ourselves (while still keeping an eye out for any roaming grizzlies). We reached the outermost rim of trees around the pond and did a quick scan with our binoculars; nothing. We took out our spotting scope, set up our tripod, and took another scan from between a few nearby bushes. Still nothing. We waited for the better part of a half hour but saw no sign of any Trumpeter Swans or their nest. The pond itself was covered almost entirely in lily pads and pondlilies. We have since learned from Greater Yellowstone Coordinator, Ruth Shea, that swans are sometimes capable of concealing themselves, necks included, completely underneath this underwater vegetation and will hide themselves until the perceived threat (in this case, The Trumpeter Swan Society Interns) has left their nesting area. This pond has had a newly established pair for a few years now and has been managed to encourage nesting. The pair did breed and nest on Beaver Pond during the 2013 season. Another visit or perhaps an aerial survey will help us determine whether or not this pair has in fact not returned to nest this year. For now there are no recorded nesting swans on Beaver Pond for the 2014 breeding season. To be continued!
The Trumpeter Swan Society is pleased to announce three new Directors have joined the Board to lead the Society in its dynamic endeavors to assure the vitality and security of wild Trumpeter Swans. Carey Smith of Vancouver, Washington, Jeff Nelson of Bozeman, Montana, and Sara Street, from Victoria Harbour, Ontario, have joined the Board of Directors. We are very pleased to have these talented people on The Trumpeter Swan Society team!
Retired Coordinator of the Pacific Coast joint Venture
Carey, a native of Illinois, served as a pilot in the US Air Force following his graduation from the University of Montana with a degree in zoology. After his military tour, he returned to the University of Montana and completed a Masters Degree in Wildlife Biology. From 1978 to 1983, he was the Pacific Flyway Biologist for the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). These unique positions combine the skills of waterfowl biologist and airplane pilot for completing aerial surveys throughout North America as well as numerous other migratory bird program functions.
In 1983, Carey began a 5-year assignment as the Regional Refuge Biologist for FWS in Portland, Oregon. In that job, he initiated annual biological workshops for field staff of National Wildlife Refuges in that region and was responsible for evaluation and oversight of refuge biological programs in over 100 refuges in 7 western states. As the regional biological program developed, it became the Division of Biological Support for which Carey was the Chief from 1988 through 1990.
In 1990, Carey became the Coordinator of the Pacific Coast Joint Venture (PCJV) of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. He coordinated wetland and migratory bird conservation projects from Alaska through coastal British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon. He was responsible for fundraising and facilitation of numerous important initiatives. In 2004, Carey retired from FWS, but continued as Coordinator of the PCJV under contract until his retirement in 2012.
Deputy Director for WWF’s Northern Great Plains Program
Jeff joined the World Wildlife Fund in January 2012 as the Deputy Director for the its Northern Great Plains Program. Prior to joining WWF, Jeff was with Ducks Unlimited, Inc. for 30 years. He spent 12 of those years in Bismarck, North Dakota, where he expanded the Great Plains program from 20 people to 65, tripled fundraising revenues, and assembled and led a strong, innovative conservation team. Prior to that, he served in various executive positions at the National Headquarters of DU, including Group Manager and Chief Biologist for the organization. He and his staff were recipients of several awards, both internally and from partners.
In February 2008, Jeff was appointed CEO of Ducks Unlimited Canada where he led a staff of 420 until his retirement in the fall of 2011. During that period, Jeff restructured the executive team and led the development of long-term strategic and annual business planning. A comprehensive capital campaign by DUC was completed under his tenure, generating nearly $600M as part of a continental campaign together with Ducks Unlimited, Inc. that raised $1.7B in 6 years. While there, he served on the Boards of Ducks Unlimited Canada and Wildlife Habitat Canada.
A scientist by training, Jeff received an MS in Wildlife Ecology from Utah State University and did his field work at the Delta Waterfowl and Wetlands Research Station in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. He brought his fundraising experience, strategic planning skills, and continental network to WWF where he is now leading efforts toward on-the-ground conservation in the Northern Great Plains. Jeff leads the program’s conservation and planning efforts while supporting its managing director. He is focused on growing relationships with conservation groups, public agencies, and tribes, while forming new partnerships with rural communities, landowners, and sportsman organizations.
Executive Director, Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre
Sara is currently the Executive Director of the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre, located on 3,000 acres of wetlands, fen, and forest in Midland, Ontario (near Georgian Bay). She leads the organization in its mission to spark a commitment to conserving wetlands, woodlands, and wildlife by creating exciting learning opportunities in a natural setting. Wye Marsh has played an integral role in Trumpeter Swan restoration since biologist Harry Lumsden began a provincial reintroduction program in the early 1980s to reestablish the Trumpeter Swan in its former habitat and range. Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre became a cooperator in the restoration of this magnificent species in 1989. Sara began work with Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre as a volunteer in 2008, and then became an employee in 2009, delivering educational awareness programs to participants of all ages as a professional outdoor educator. She took on stewardship responsibilities for the organization in 2011. From this work, Sara brings organizational, educational, outreach, stewardship, and networking skills to TTSS.
Sara knows Trumpeter Swans on a first-hand basis, having worked with the team of Bev and Ray Kingdon, Kyna Intini, and Julie Kee to capture and mark Trumpeter Swans in Ontario. She is a licensed bander and participates in the collection of Trumpeter Swan carcasses for necropsy in order to determine cause of death and monitor the health of the population and capture and treat any injured swans as necessary. Sara works to promote public awareness about the species throughout Ontario. She also brings an awareness of research and applied research to the Board, having worked previously on Golden-winged Warbler research and conservation and on reptiles at risk around Canada’s Georgian Bay.
Sara is steeped in a passion for wildlife, having been born and raised in Brechin, Ontario, on a farm with chickens and beef cattle. She holds a BS in Zoology from the University of Guelph in Ontario. Then, from Sir Sandford Fleming College in Lindsay, Ontario, she received a diploma in Ecosystem Management Technology, which focused on a number of things, including Benthic Biodiversity Network training, hands-on training in corporate sustainability, urban design and planning, and wildlife management.
Photo: Hal Everett, Washington
The Trumpeter Swan Society Announces Fifth International Swan Symposium: Call for Papers – Deadline 21st July 2013May 12, 2013
The Trumpeter Swan Society announces the 5th International Swan Symposium of the IUCN-SSC/Wetlands International Swan Specialist Group, being held in conjunction with the 23rd Conference of the Trumpeter Swan Society: Easton, Maryland 3 – 6 February 2014. Following the first announcement of the meeting, the Scientific Committee is calling for additional abstracts from those interested in presenting talks and/or posters. .
Abstracts both for oral and for poster presentations should be of up to 500 words (max) and should be submitted to Eileen Rees, Scientific Coordinator for the symposium, by email (Eileen.Rees@wwt.org.uk). The abstract should include the names of co-authors, their email addresses, the postal address of the correspondence author, and details of student status (if applicable). For oral presentations, it is assumed that the correspondence author would be giving the talk, but this can be finalized in the weeks prior to the meeting.
Presentations can be on any aspect of swan research, and sessions will be grouped in accordance with the abstracts received, but we particularly encourage contributions on the following topics:
- Migration strategies
- Adaptation to changing environmental conditions
- Threats faced by swan populations
- Long-term population trends and distribution
- Policy and management of swan populations
The deadline for submission of abstracts is 21st July 2013.
They will then be assessed by the Scientific Committee of the symposium, for approval for presentation at the meeting.
Authors will be informed whether their presentations have been accepted by 15th September 2013. The duration of talks and guidelines for preparation of posters will be provided at that time.
If you have any queries regarding the Call for Papers, please contact Eileen Rees. Plans are being developed to publish a symposium proceedings; further information will be provided in due course.
Meanwhile, we look forward to receiving the Abstracts in the coming months.
Eileen Rees, John Cornely, Bart Nolet, Chris Perrins, Ma Ming and Scott Petrie
The Scientific Committee for the 5th ISS
Professional Photographer and TTSS Photo-of-the-Month host Greg Smith says:
Niki’s close-up of the immature Trumpeter Swan shows how the use of flash provides an increase in depth of field and area in optimum focus. As with some wildlife, when found in close proximity to people, they become accustomed to close approach and allow for a more intimate photograph.
Depth-of-field (DOF) is the area between nearest and farthest points in the photograph that are acceptably sharp. Depending on your camera and lens, there is always only one precise focal point at a time. There is a gradual decrease in sharpness from the focal point as you move towards the front and the back of the photograph, so that within the DOF, the decrease in sharpness is imperceptible in normal viewing.
Niki followed the golden rule in photography, if your subject’s eye is in the photograph, it has to be the focal point and also has to be tack sharp. Follow the focus both forward and away from the eye and you will see where the sharpness falls away.
In her photograph, Niki chose a composition (she got her camera lower so the only areas behind the swan’s face were well out of the acceptable DOF) which provided a foreground that was mostly in focus. She could have elevated her lens to get more of the far side of the bird in focus and then cropped out the unfocused foreground, but this a composition question that is always left to the photographer.
We have all visited parks or gone camping and found that wildlife living in those areas, are much more approachable and easier to photograph! It is a surefire way to get close-ups that might only be otherwise available to those that have some of the bigger, faster lenses.
Featured Photographer for December, 2012 – Nichole Beaulac, State of California and Province of British Columbia
Niki’s residence is her motorhome where she spends six months of the year in British Columbia and the remainder in Southern California
I have been very interested in nature photography for a few years and now that I am retired I seek out places to go to photograph birds and animals and all other types of creatures but mainly birds. I have photographed birds at the Esquimalt Lagoon a few times. The swans are easy to approach and so beautiful.
See and find out more about Niki’s photographs at http://www.nicolebeaulac.com
We are pleased that Niki was willing to share this “keeper” shot in support of Trumpeter Swans and The Trumpeter Swan Society.
The Trumpeter Swan Society Urges Action: 200 Groups Object to Lead-poisoning Provision in Sportsmen’s BillDecember 3, 2012
Every signature counts, please pass this on!
In late November, 2012, The Trumpeter Swan Society (TTSS) joined more than 200 citizen groups in objecting to a provision in the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 (Senate Bill 3525) that would create an exemption under federal toxics law to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from evaluating or regulating lead poisoning of wildlife and humans from hunting or fishing activities.
A wide array of public-interest organizations called on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to allow debate on the lead-poisoning exemption. Such debate has never occurred in Congress despite the serious environmental and public-health problems caused by spent lead ammunition and lost lead fishing weights and the availability of nontoxic alternatives to lead. The organizations support an amendment by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) to block the exemption and study the human-health and environmental effects of lead poisoning from lead in ammunition and fishing sinkers.
“It’s outrageous that the Senate can’t find 10 minutes to allow any debate before voting to prevent our federal environmental agency from regulating, or even evaluating, a deadly toxic substance that we know is killing bald eagles and other wildlife — a toxin that causes neurological damage to humans and hinders mental development in children,” said William Snape, senior counsel with the Center for Biological Diversity. “There are good reasons we got toxic lead out of gasoline and home paints. The irony of this bill, preventing any regulation of lead used in hunting ammunition or fishing weights, is that it will harm hunters and anglers.”
The Sportsmen’s Act, which could be voted on as early as today, would create an exemption under the Toxic Substances Control Act to block the EPA from ever regulating toxic lead used in hunting ammunition and fishing sinkers or even evaluating the impacts of lead from these sources. The bill also contains an exemption that would allow imports of threatened polar bear parts from Canada despite the Endangered Species Act’s prohibition against such trade.
“Why would the Senate bow to the National Rifle Association’s anti-science views on lead poisoning and pass a special-interest legal exemption to promote further lead poisoning?” said Snape. “The amendment offered by Senator Boxer would actually establish a moratorium on any regulation of lead in ammunition or fishing sinkers until federal health and environment agencies prepare an objective study that all Americans could trust.”
Toxic lead entering the food chain from spent hunting ammunition and lost or discarded fishing sinkers poisons and kills bald eagles, endangered condors, loons, swans and more than 130 other species of wildlife. Hunters risk lead poisoning from ingesting lead fragments and residues in game shot with lead ammunition. Recent studies and scientific reports show elevated blood lead levels in hunters eating lead-infected meat, as well as dangerous lead contamination of venison donations to low-income food banks.
The Boxer amendment is reprinted below in its entirety.
Boxer Amendment to the Sportsmen’s Act:
SA 2902. Mrs. BOXER submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2875 proposed by Mr. REID (for Mr. TESTER) to the bill S. 3525, to protect and enhance opportunities for recreational hunting, fishing, and shooting, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:
Strike section 121 and insert the following:
SEC. 121. NO REGULATION OF AMMUNITION OR FISHING TACKLE PENDING STUDY OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS.
(a) No Regulation of Ammunition or Fishing Tackle.–The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency shall not issue any proposed or final rule or guidance to regulate any chemical substance or mixture in ammunition or fishing tackle under the Toxic Substances Control Act (15 U.S.C. 2601 et seq.) during the period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act and ending on the date of the publication of the study required by subsection (b).
(b) Study of Potential Human Health and Environmental Effects.—
(1) IN GENERAL.–Not later than December 31, 2014, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Commissioner of Food and Drugs, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Secretary of the Interior shall jointly prepare and publish a study that describes the potential threats to human health (including to pregnant women, children, and other vulnerable populations) and to the environment from the use of—
(A) lead and toxic substances in ammunition and fishing tackle; and
(B) commercially available and less toxic alternatives to lead and toxic substances in ammunition and fishing tackle.
(2) USE.–The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency shall use, as appropriate, the findings of the report required by paragraph (1) when considering any potential future decision related to a chemical substance or mixture when the substance or mixture is used in ammunition or fishing tackle.
This text is from a public press release issued by the Center for Biological Diversity, a group coordinating the effort on this vital issue. The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 450,000 members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places. For quick and immediate action, you can sign a petition online at
Every signature counts, please pass this on!
On October 9, 2012, the Society lost Director and friend Joe Johnson. W. C. “Joe” Johnson wrote and implemented the restoration plan for Trumpeter Swans for Michigan and served as the State’s Trumpeter Swan restoration coordinator. He led the very successful effort to restore the magnificent Trumpeter to part of its historical nesting range after over a century.The native of Kalamazoo was best known for his waterfowl and wetland expertise, but his interests and experience were much broader. Joe was an avid hunter and served on the National Board of Directors of Pheasants Forever for 16 years. He was elected to the Board of Directors of The Trumpeter Swan Society in 2003 and was an active member and TTSS Conference participant for many years prior to that. Since 1987, he has been the Chair of the Mississippi Flyway Council’s Swan Committee, continuing to serve even in retirement. At the time of his swan song, he was leading the Flyway Council’s effort to revise the management plan for Trumpeters.
Joe worked at Michigan State University’s W. K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary for 48 years. He retired in 2007 after being the sanctuary’s Manager since 1985. In addition to his excellent work with swans, he was instrumental in the successful return of Giant Canada Geese to Michigan.
Joe spent his last days at Rose Arbor Hospice Center that is surrounded by a natural space with ponds frequented by flocks of Canada geese. As Joe’s family left Rose Arbor all of the geese took flight hours earlier than their normal routine to escort Joe to the his next Sanctuary. We will sorely miss his friendship and good counsel. We will have to search for someone else to keep us in line according to Robert’s Rules of Order. He was truly one of kind!
When he retired the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary established the Joe Johnson Endowment Fund for Wildlife Conservation Fellowship. This fund provides support for students who want to study and work with wildlife conservation and habitat preservation or restoration at the Sanctuary. The Directors and staff of TTSS are going to make a contribution to the fund to honor Joe for his outstanding contributions to swan conservation and his leadership in TTSS. We invite you to do the same.
You may contribute to the Joe Johnson Endowment Fund for Wildlife Conservation Fellowship online.
Professional Photographer and TTSS Photo-of-the-Month host Greg Smith says:
Mike’s capture of the drops of water falling from the swan’s bill is just the start of all things right in his photo. Yes, there might be some fortunate aspect like there was no wind, but the depth of field and the clarity of the primary focal points are all about Mike’s capabilities.
The water bokeh is only enhanced with the lack of wind chop on the water. Imagine if there had been wind: The drops of water would disappear into the background and a messy background would mute the definition of the head and neck. Mike went out to take photographs on the perfect day and was rewarded.
The pink “lip” (not all Trumpeter Swans have the pink “lip”), the bill, the eye, the neck and those water drops are all in crisp focus. A high f-stop helps increase the depth-of-field, and again, Mike going out on a sunny day allowed him to utilize a higher f-stop.
Mike’s composition puts the swan’s eye just to the left of center allowing for a lead in from the right. It also allows the neck to balance and circle the center-line of the canvas pushing the viewer’s perspective to the pink “lip” and then to those incredibly detailed drops of water.
Mike took the time to go out and photograph during the appropriate weather and then used his skills to come up with the best possible photograph. I am not sure there would be any way to improve this outstanding photograph!
Featured Photographer for October 2012 – Mike Martin, State of Arkansas
From Mike: “I am a native Arkansan and originally from Wynne, AR but I have lived most of my adult life in Northwest Arkansas. I am a current resident of Cave Springs, AR.
I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Criminology from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR. After graduating from college, I served as a pilot and officer in the U.S. Navy. My present profession spans over 30 years as a Human Resources professional in manufacturing, and I currently serves as the H.R. Director for Preformed Line Products in Rogers, AR.
I have been an avid nature and wildlife photographer for over 25 years. I particularly enjoy the challenge of capturing birds in-flight and have a passion for birds of prey. As an avid outdoorsman most of my life, I have coupled my knowledge of the outdoors with photography to capture animals in their natural habitats.
My photos have recently been published by the New York City Parks and Recreation Department, the New York State Parks Department, Cornell University’s Ornithology Department’s award winning website, “All About Birds” and the California Parks Department of Parks and Recreation.
Last year, one of my photos was selected for publication in a book entitled, Capture Arkansas. The photo was one of only 200 photos selected for publication from over 63,000 submissions for this book that was published in November 2010. In September 2010, one of my photos won the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Spotlight contest “People’s Choice” award. This photo was the highest voted photo by the general public from over 10,000 submissions. And in May of 2011, another one of my photos won the Nature division in a photo contest sponsored by the Mid American Photography Symposium held in Eureka Springs, AR. This same photo of a great blue heron was also awarded the “Grand Champion” award.”
More of Mike’s photos can be viewed at his website.
About the Photo:
From Mike: This image was shot at Magness Lake near Heber Springs, AR. This small lake has become a migration wintering spot for over 200 trumpeters who make this lake their home from around November to late February each year. I arrived at the lake in the afternoon on Christmas Day, 2011. Afternoons are when the swans arrive back at the lake after feeding in the surrounding farm fields during the day. I love the challenge of capturing birds in flight and these majestic trumpeters are a beautiful sight returning in formation to the lake late in the day. I happened to catch this mature trumpeter sipping water after a long day feeding in the fields and loved the effect of the water droplet that fell from its beak.
We are pleased that Mike was willing to share this “keeper” shot in support of Trumpeter Swans and The Trumpeter Swan Society.
TTSS STANDS FIRM ON NEED TO ADDRESS TOXIC LEAD IN AMMUNITION
As TTSS kicks off its Fall Membership Drive, the Board of Directors stands firm on the Society’s fight against toxic lead. On 7 June, TTSS along with six other conservation groups filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency for refusing to address toxic lead in hunting ammunition, which frequently poisons and kills eagles, swans, loons, endangered California Condors, and other wildlife, as well as affecting human health. Ignoring well-established science on the dangers of lead poisoning from spent ammunition, the EPA refuses to acknowledge or evaluate risks to wildlife and humans. The EPA in April denied a petition requesting a public process to consider regulations for nontoxic hunting ammunition. TTSS was one of 100 groups that signed that petition. The lawsuit challenges that decision.
“The EPA has the ability to immediately end the unintended killing of eagles, swans, loons, condors, and other wildlife,” said Jeff Miller with the Center for Biological Diversity. “Unfortunately, the agency refuses to address this needless poisoning. We’ve removed toxic lead from gasoline, paint, and most products exposing humans to lead poisoning; now it’s time to do the same for hunting ammunition to protect America’s wildlife.”
For several years, the Directors of TTSS have urged decision makers to “get the lead out.” In Washington State and adjacent British Columbia, since 1999, over 3,000 swans have been confirmed to have died from ingesting lead shot. Expended lead shot persists in the environment for a long time. These swans died from ingesting lead shot deposited by hunters years ago.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation has branded this a frivolous law suit and an attack on hunting. As a hunter, TTSS’s Executive Director, John Cornely, takes very strong exception to that, and stresses that getting the lead out is in line with traditional conservation and hunting values. Indeed, TTSS was founded by waterfowl biologists and hunters and has avid hunters and anglers on its board, staff, and as members today.
There are alternatives to lead rifle bullets and shotgun pellets. More than a dozen manufacturers market varieties and calibers of nonlead bullets and shot made of steel, copper, and alloys of other metals, with satisfactory to superior ballistics. Hunters in areas with restrictions on lead ammunition have very successfully transitioned to hunting with nontoxic bullets. As the next generation of cygnets fledges, the message from TTSS’s John Cornely is clear, “let’s make the environment safer for them and all of us.”
Associate Director Becky Abel stresses that membership is key to strengthening our voice for Trumpeter Swans and the habitats upon which they depend. To do this, TTSS needs more members, more funds, and more people who understand and support the issues that we tackle. One of our generous board members has offered a membership challenge and will match dollar for dollar all new and increasing donations to TTSS. This is the ideal time to join. Do you know of a classroom that is reading E.B. White’s The Trumpet of the Swan? Why not give the teacher a membership? Are you looking for a meaningful gift idea for a conservationist on your list? Your donations will be matched – JOIN US online today!
TTSS Board and staff are pleased to report that Associate Director Becky Abel was recently awarded a prestigious TogetherGreen fellowship.
TogetherGreen, a conservation initiative of the National Audubon Society and Toyota, selects 40 high-potential leaders annually to receive a $10,000 Fellows Grant. With the funds, Fellows conduct projects to engage diverse audiences in habitat, water, or energy conservation. In addition to receiving support launching their conservation initiatives, the Fellows also benefit from specialized training and the opportunity to become part of an exciting alumni network of conservation professionals.
“These are heroes. They help people engage with nature. They look like America: diverse, passionate, and patriotic,” said Audubon President David Yarnold. “Becky is a leader, and we’re pleased to give her a chance to invent the future.” Abel’s TogetherGreen project aims to develop guidance documents that outline steps for partnering with electric energy companies across the US to reduce Trumpeter Swan mortality associated with power lines. The TogetherGreen Fellowship Program provides the selected leaders with resources, visibility, and a growing peer network to help them lead communities nationwide to a healthier environmental future.
“Trumpeter Swans offer potential to serve as ambassadors for broad conservation messages related to wetland loss, for responsible stewardship of the earth’s biodiversity, and to highlight threats to migratory birds,” Abel explained. “Unfortunately, human-caused hazards and habitat alteration continue to threaten the species’ long-term security.”
“We want to build partnerships between unlikely allies—conservation groups and electric energy companies,” she added. “In addition to Trumpeter Swans, our work will benefit Tundra Swans, Whooping and Sandhill Cranes, pelicans, and other large, low-flying birds.”
Learn more about Becky’s project on the TogetherGreen website, which describes their mission this way: “The TogetherGreen Conservation Leadership Program invests in high-potential leaders, providing them with tools, resources, visibility, and a peer network to help them lead the conservation actions necessary to shape a greener, healthier future.” The Trumpeter Swan Society applauds Becky for her role in this important project.
A Poem by Peter Meiring, TTSS member
Look towards the north to Cepheus;
Seen next to Polaris in the early Spring,
Pointing there towards the east is Cygnus,
With long neck and graceful curve of wing.
Deneb lights its tail, it can only be a swan.
The ancients surely knew their natural world,
When their gaze upon this constellation shone
And Cygnus the Swan it was thenceforth called.
In April, going north to breeding grounds,
Many swans are resting on the lake;
Their honks on taking off are thrilling sounds.
Flying in skeins and lines, their way they make.
A huge and lovely bird, all gleaming white,
With long and graceful neck and jet black bill
The Trumpeter Swan an unforgotten sight
And sound, the memory to thrill.
We appreciate recieving and being able to share Peter Miering’s inspired words. If you are inspired by Trumpeters, please share your work with us. You can submit copy to our main office: The Trumpeter Swan Society, 12615 County Road 9, Plymouth, MN. 55441-1248. Or send it electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The photograph, of a juvenile Trumpeter in flight is by Tammy Wolfe, author and photographer.