• Iowa Department of Natural Resources releases three trumpeter swans at Summit Lake; about 75 locals attend the event
Almost everyone in attendance had a camera or video camera in hand when the Iowa Department of Natural Resources released three massive, all-white trumpeter swans in the water at Summit Lake Wednesday afternoon.
The event brought a large crowd of about 75. The gravel parking lot at the Summit Lake boat ramp was full enough that people were forced to park on the shoulders along Highway 25.
Dave Hoffman, wildlife technician for the Iowa DNR (Clear Lake), spoke to the crowd for nearly 20 minutes about the trumpeter swans. Several students came up during Hoffman’s presentation and examined the birds wingspan, length of neck, its hidden ears and one student even gave a swan a high-five.
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