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Quick news: Trumpeter swans spotted at GV Lake

Published: Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 10:59 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 3:29 p.m. CDT

In May, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff released three trumpeter swans at Summit Lake in Creston. They were 11-month-old cygnet swans weighing approximately 22 pounds with necks measuring about 24-inches long. They are part of the DNR’s statewide trumpeter swan restoration effort.

Local photographer Tom Danilovich of Creston captured this photo (see right) of the two female swans this morning. Both swans were located on the north side of Green Valley Lake. He also spotted them Thursday morning.

“They were just sitting there feeding on some moss (Thursday), ducking their heads in the water,” Danilovich said.

See more photos of the swans taken by Danilovich on page 2A. Danilovich said he’s yet to see the male swan.

Chad Paup, wildlife biologist for Iowa DNR, said the swans now have their flight feathers and it’s possible to observe them flying around in the Creston area over the coming months.

Paup added the swans will likely stay in Creston until December when the lakes freeze up. They will then depart south, and the overall goal is they will return in the spring and over time create a self-sustaining population in the Creston area.

Creston band headed to state

The Creston Panther Marching Band placed fifth in the morning and evening shows last Saturday at Valleyfest in Des Moines. In all, 12 bands competed in the invite-only event.

“The competition is always stiff at Valleyfest,” said Mike Peters, CHS band director. “It’s the best of the best. That said, this is the best we have ever done at Valleyfest. Our band really brought it. I was very happy with the performances.”

This Saturday, the CHS band travels to Glenwood for the Iowa High School State Marching Band Festival. Glenwood will host all four classes. The event starts at 9 a.m. with the CHS band performing at 1:15 p.m. The Panthers have set a goal of receiving a I rating — the highest available rating.

“It won’t be easy,” Peters said, “but if we do, it will make 25 years the Panther band has received a I rating at state.”

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