CRESTON, Iowa (AP) — Wilderness officials say they plan to release four swans into a southern Iowa lake as part of a restoration effort.
The state Department of Natural Resources says the four trumpeter swans will be released May 9 at Summit Lake, one mile west of Creston.
The birds are being released as part of a statewide trumpeter swan restoration effort. Less than 70 trumpeter swans remained in the lower 48 states by the early 1930s.
The release event will have a 20-minute presentation on the swans, which includes an opportunity to touch and view the birds up close.
Trumpeter swans are the largest North American waterfowl. They can weigh up to 32 pounds with an 8-foot wingspan.
The release is open to the public.