Archive for December, 2011

The Trumpeter Swan Society Announces Matching-Funds Challenge

December 27, 2011

Right now, we can DOUBLE your contribution to


If you are reading this, you are already probably a supporter of Trumpeter Swan conservation. Some of you may be longtime members of The Trumpeter Swan Society. Some of you may have just discovered these majestic birds and are learning more about them through our communications.

You can help Trumpeter Swans by joining The Trumpeter Swan Society. These lean economic times have been hard on all of us, but the work of conservation organizations does not decrease when the purse strings tighten. If anything, the work of nonprofits such as TTSS becomes increasingly critical as agency conservation budgets shrink. Recognizing this, a generous Board member has offered a CHALLENGE to help increase support for the important work of The Trumpeter Swan Society.

Our benefactor has agreed to match, dollar for dollar all NEW and INCREASING donations to The Trumpeter Swan Society.

Not yet a TTSS member? Now is the time to join!

Your full donation will be matched 1:1.

Are you currently a member but able to give a little extra this year? Any donation over that of last year will be matched, dollar for dollar.

Looking for something meaningful to give to the bird lover on your list? Your gift membership to The Trumpeter Swan Society will be matched 1:1.

Please help us raise and increase support for Trumpeter Swan conservation. All of you may know others who share your interest in swans and the wetland and upland habitats upon which they depend. Pass this message on to them – they can double their contribution today.

To learn more about membership benefits of The Trumpeter Swan Society and to make a donation so timely with this CHALLENGE for matching funds, visit our Website,


Or, simply mail your contribution to:

The Trumpeter Swan Society

12615 County Road 9

Plymouth, MN 55441-1248

Photograph by John VanOrman

The Trumpeter Swan Society Announces New Associate Director – Becky Abel

December 20, 2011

Becky brings several years of nonprofit management and migratory bird conservation experience to her role as the new Associate Director of The Trumpeter Swan Society.

Prior to joining the staff of TTSS, Becky served for eight years as Executive Director of the Wisconsin Wetlands Association, which grew in size, influence and profile and earned statewide and international awards under her leadership. Before that, she worked for seven years in various roles for The Nature Conservancy, the most recent position as Conservation Planner for their Migratory Bird Program (formerly Wings of the Americas.) Becky led conservation planning efforts at scales that range from the site level to large-scale planning for birds that spanned three countries and involved multiple partners.

Becky holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Wildlife Ecology from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her graduate work involved designing a successful technique for reintroducing Trumpeter Swans to Wisconsin that involved imprinting cygnets on a life-sized swan decoy and rearing them in the wild. Trumpeter Swans released using this technique showed high survival and strong site fidelity and established migratory traditions. (Wisconsin’s decoy-reared birds were the first Trumpeter Swans to pioneer wintering at the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary, now possibly the second largest wintering area for Trumpeter Swans in the lower 48.)

Becky served on the Board of The Trumpeter Swan Society from 2007 until she stepped down in November 2011 to accept the Associate Director position. Since 2006, she has also been on the board executive committee of Community Shares of Wisconsin, a social change organization that supports 50 environmental and social justice organizations through workplace giving campaigns, training, and technical assistance. She has served on the steering committee of the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative and was the 2008 North American representative for the World Wetlands Network, a network of worldwide NGOs dedicated to wetland conservation.

Becky is based in Madison, Wisconsin. In her free time, she enjoys reading, camping, paddling, horseback riding, and sharing her love of the outdoors with her kids.