Trumpeter Swans and Open Water 8 December 2013
A breath of fresh air, the snow this winter is light and airy, the temperatures are freezing cold, and Winter is back to visit Wisconsin and Minnesota in a most classic way! In an era of temperamental climate and uncertain futures, a winter like this is so welcome. As the temperatures dive to below zero Fahrenheit, the moving current of a wintery brook maintains enough water open to keep the swans close to their Springtime breeding haunts. While they haven't reached the frenzied exuberance of late February's breeding behavior, they are majestic and beautiful in the soft, clean snows nearer to the Winter Solstice.
The recovery of the Trumpeter Swan from the brink of extinction is a resonating reminder that we are to be optimistic, forward thinking, and joyous. The swans live each day in pursuit of another day, thriving in social activity and the beauty of the wild. They live well, and they live long. One of Wisconsin's banded Trumpeters is 25 years old this year.