Summer of Swans

This has turned out to be a banner year for trumpeter swans in the Blackfoot watershed.

Trumpeter Swans and Montana’s Common Loon

By Elaine Caton, Swan Restoration Coordinator Written for the Montana Loon Society‘s 2021 Newsletter In 2005, the Blackfoot Challenge in partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service began an […]

SwanBlog Update: Keep Calm and Paddle On

By Elaine Caton, Trumpeter Swan Restoration Program Coordinator In spite of a worldwide pandemic and all the associated changes to human life that have gone with it, I’m happy to […]

Tracking Swan Movements

By Elaine Caton, Trumpeter Swan Restoration Program Coordinator In July we captured two non-nesting adult swans in the Blackfoot and fitted them with very lightweight collars with GPS units. These […]

Ups and Downs

By Elaine Caton, Trumpeter Swan Restoration Program Coordinator This past spring saw quite a few days of cool, wet weather in the Blackfoot, which seemed to affect our swan productivity […]

Snow Geese Scouts

Many Blackfoot residents have noticed the unusually high numbers of Snow Geese (along with swans and ducks) in the watershed this year, and that they have been staying around longer […]

Swans in the Ruby Valley

By Elaine Caton, Swan Restoration Program Coordinator On January 19, I made my annual trip to the Ruby River Valley in southwest Montana to look for wintering Blackfoot swans. I […]

Summer Swan Roundup

Where’s the best place to be in a hot, smoky summer of fires?  A wetland, of course! While the rest of us were sweating and fretting, our swans seem to have fared […]