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Trumpeter Swan

Cygnus buccinator

The Trumpeter Swan is the largest native North American bird. If measured in terms of weight and length and is the largest living waterfowl species on earth. Wing spans can exceed 10 feet and can weigh as much as 30 pounds.  In 1933 it was believed that there were but 70 individuals left in its range and that the species was near extinction. Aerial surveys done at that time found several thousand in Alaska on the Copper River. Since then there have been several re-introductions in an effort to restore its historic North American range. These birds rarely are found south of latitude 52°.

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