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Carleton Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Trumpeter Swan Restoration Project in Minnesota

April 11, 2012

The public is invited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Trumpeter Swan Restoration Project in Minnesota. Learn the details of the trumpeter swan’s story and how their comeback applies to ongoing wildlife management efforts. Carrol Henderson, Supervisor of Minnesota’s Nongame Wildlife Program, will speak on Tuesday, April 17 at 7:00 pm at Carleton College’s Alumni Guest House Meeting Room, located at 100 South College Street in Northfield.

Minnesota was missing an important part of its wetland landscape in 1987, and Henderson took notice. The trumpeter swan that once dotted our wetlands with their elegant white profiles and graceful flight were down to just 6-8 pairs statewide. With funds from the Nongame Wildlife Checkoff, donated by taxpayers on state tax forms and from private individuals, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Nongame Wildlife Program began to restore swans to their current population of just over 6,000.

Henderson is also the author of eleven books including Woodworking for Wildlife, Landscaping for Wildlife, Wild About Birds: the DNR Bird Feeding Guide, and the Field Guide to the Wildlife of Costa Rica. He is co-author of The Traveler’s Guide to Wildlife in Minnesota and Lakescaping for Wildlife and Water Quality. Recent books include Oology and Ralph's Talking Eggs, Birds in Flight: The Art and Science of How Birds Fly, and three new field guides on the wildlife of Costa Rica. He will be available for book sales and signing after the program.

This program is sponsored by Carleton College’s Cowling Arboretum. For further information contact: Nancy Braker, Director of the Cowling Arboretum, Carleton College, Northfield, MN , 507-222-4543, nbraker@carleton.edu.