For sometime now the Iowa DNR has been releasing trumpeter swan's, as part of a wing's, and wetland program. Every year they release roughly 12 - 15 swan's that are anywhere from one to three year's old. Most of the swan's are right here from Iowa, that have been hatched in pond's that are protected. This fall I have seen five of them already that I assume are migrating through. I have'nt seen any all summer, and all of a sudden they start showing up with there huge neckband's on! Last year there was 18 of them on one lake in late november, on a open hole in the ice, most I have ever seen at once in the area.
I try and make it out to the releasing of them every spring, with the kid's of course. They put on quite a show, the DNR will have a little seminar about the swan's, and there history. Very interesting, they also let the kid's pet, and touch them before they are released. Usally they let 3-5 of them go in each countie in NW Iowa. I don't know if they do this all over the state, or not. Sure seem's like a great program to me. Who know's maybe someday, when there number's are better we could possibly hunt them!
Any day in the outdoor's is better than at work