Polk County Conservation

Trumpeter Swan Soiree

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The public is invited to a Trumpeter Swan Soiree, celebrating North America’s largest waterfowl species at Walnut Woods State Park on Saturday, Jan. 26th 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Programs will be given both indoors and outdoors at the Walnut Woods State Park lodge with concurrent outdoor viewing and interpretive presentations of trumpeter swans and wildlife given by Iowa DNR, Des Moines Parks and Rec, Polk and Dallas County Conservation naturalists. Spotting scopes and binoculars will be provided. An estimated 100 trumpeter swans are wintering at the Dale Maffitt Reservoir and surrounding area southwest of Des Moines, providing a rare opportunity to view good numbers of free flying trumpeter swans. 

Hot chocolate, hot cider, cookies, hotdogs and other snacks will be provided free of charge. Donations will be accepted with proceeds going towards Iowa Trumpeter swan restoration.

Saturday, January 26

Walnut Woods State Park Lodge, 3155 Walnut Woods Dr., West Des Moines

10:30-10:55 a.m.    Trumpeter Swans- Bringing Back a North American Treasure - Margaret Smith, Director, Trumpeter Swan Society

11:00-11:25 a.m.    TBA

11:30-12:00 p.m.    Live Trumpeter Swan Presentation - See, touch and learn about swans - Dave Hoffman, Iowa DNR

12:20-12:50 p.m.    Trumpeter Swan Restoration in Iowa - Dave Hoffman, Iowa DNR and Ron Andrews

12:55-1:25 p.m.      “Return of the Trumpeter Swans” North American film documentary preview - Steve Harryman, Filmmaker

1:30-2:00 p.m.        SOS: Saving our Swans: Stories from the Willows Waterfowl Sanctuary - Holly Welch & Mary Nelson

2 p.m.                    Guided field trip and Nature Photography 101, Swan and wildlife viewing with hands-on photo tips-Wildlife Photographers Eric Williamson and Holly Welch.   Dale Maffitt Reservoir area and southwest Des Moines area

10:30- 2:00 p.m.     Youth activities - Bills & Beaks - How birds eat, and a swan touch kit, swan pine cone crafting, bird wings and trumpeter runway - Anne Riordan Iowa  DNR

This event is being sponsored by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Polk and Dallas County Conservation Boards, Des Moines Water Works, Des Moines Parks and Recreation, Walnut Woods State Park, and the Trumpeter Swan Society.


For more information or questions contact:

David Hoffman IA DNR- Trumpeter Swan Restoration Coordinator

David.Hoffman@dnr.iowa.gov  (641) 425-0737 cell, (641) 357-3517 office

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