This exciting project will bring back a nesting population of Trumpeter Swans to their historic breeding range in Teton Valley. The project also includes taking conservation science programs into our local schools to build citizen stewardship in our youth.
Please help us reach our goal of $5,000 by May 1st!
Your tax-deductible gift will allow us to reach our Trumpeter Swan Nesting Project goals:
· To purchase captive-bred Trumpeter Swans to be released onto protected wetlands each year until a thriving and sustainable population of nesting swans has been re-established in the valley.
· For our staff to take conservation science programs into local schools with lessons about swan nesting restoration. To engage youth and inspire them to care about wildlife and the world around them.
· To work with our partners to protect and restore habitat along the rivers, marshes, and wetlands that provide ideal habitat for foraging and nesting.
BACKGROUND : When Europeans settled across North America they nearly exterminated Trumpeter Swans for their meat and feathers. By the early 1900s, only about 70 swans remained in the lower 48—a remnant population surviving in the Yellowstone region on the brink of extinction. In the 1930s laws were passed to stop the harvesting and conservation programs began to rebuild nesting flocks. Bit by bit, the Trumpeter Swan populations are growing. We are working to re-establish a nesting population of Trumpeter Swans in Teton Valley which is an historic breeding range. Recently, several Trumpeter Swans that we released in 2016 and 2017 have been spotted in the valley and they appear to be healthy and thriving. Most exciting, we've observed pair-bonding behavior, which makes us cautiously optimistic that we’ll see nesting attempts soon!
WHY TO GIVE NOW: Your support is especially important at this crucial time. Nesting Trumpeter Swan populations are growing, but continue to struggle due to habitat loss and human disturbance. Trumpeter Swans take a very long time to establish new breeding sites and we know it will take patience, persistence, and perseverance to return a breeding population to Teton Valley. We are making progress and your generosity will help us to continue our conservation efforts.
Want a front row seat at a swan release?
Provide a gift of $500 and you can join our biologists and conservationists at this spring’s swan release in Victor, Idaho.
HOW TO DONATE:
· MAIL contributions to: Teton Regional Land Trust, PO Box 247, Driggs, ID 83422 Write “Trumpeter Swan Project” on your check’s memo line and please include your address for tax documentation sent out at the end of the year.
· CALL Teton Regional Land Trust to make a credit card donation: 1.208.354.8939
PROGRAM QUESTIONS: Contact Bill Dell’Isola, Teton Regional Land Trust Resource Specialist: firstname.lastname@example.org or 208-354-8939
This project depends on your donations, and the help and cooperation of our many partners: Idaho Department of Fish and Game, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Intermountain Aquatics, Wyoming Wetlands Society, The Trumpeter Swan Society, Northern Rockies Trumpeter Swan Stewards, Bill and Shirley Maeck Foundation, Idaho Chapter of Wildlife Society, Idaho Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Silver Star Communications, Fall River Electric, and the Community Foundation of Teton Valley and Youth Philanthropists.