The Trumpeter Swan Society
The Trumpeter Swan Society unites the efforts of private citizens and public agencies to address the challenges facing Trumpeter Swans and to securely restore these magnificent birds. TTSS is at the forefront of Trumpeter Swan conservation and has been involved in every restoration effort in North America since 1968.
Trumpeter Swans once flourished across much of North America, but by 1900 were nearly extinct due to commercial and subsistence hunting. In recent decades, Trumpeters have begun a wonderful recovery due to the efforts of many people and agencies and now have the potential to securely reoccupy much of their former range. Our challenge is to help rebuild healthy and resilient populations that can remain secure amidst our rapidly changing landscape and increasing human impacts.
As Trumpeters return, the swans face major problems including climate change, new diseases, lead poisoning, habitat destruction, and the loss of their traditional migration patterns. Their secure restoration requires that we provide adequate long-term habitat, rebuild essential migrations, and create broader distributions that will reduce vulnerability to large-scale die-offs from disease or severe winter weather. Knowledge of the species and its needs, effective advocacy, vision, public involvement, and proper habitat management are essential to success.
TTSS' EFFORTS FOCUS IN FIVE MAJOR AREAS
- Population security/range expansion
- Advocacy/agency coordination
- Habitat protection
- Public information/education
- Research/data management
Each population of Trumpeter Swans has specific issues that need to be addressed, and some issues are continent-wide.
Click on the sections below to learn more about the issues, and The Trumpeter Swan Society's efforts and accomplishments for each population: