Dean M. Chriss
Trumpeter Swan in Fog at Sunrise
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Trumpeter Swans are the largest native North American bird, and are on average the largest living waterfowl species on earth. They once lived in large numbers across most of the U.S. and Canada but they became rare or completely vanished from most areas by the early twentieth century due to hunting. Thousands survived in the Canadian Rockies in Alaska where populations have since rebounded. Trumpeter swans are currently being reintroduced to the Great Lakes and other areas they used to inhabit.