A century ago, there were no Trumpeter Swans left in Wisconsin. Thirty years ago, Wisconsin DNR biologists Randy Jurewicz and Sumner Matteson got on a plane to Alaska with a goal: to bring the Trumpeter Swan back to Wisconsin. When they reached Fairbanks — by way of businessman Terry Kohler’s private jet — on June 5, 1989, they had one day to collect eggs in the Alaskan wilderness in an ambitious effort to restore North America’s largest waterfowl back to the state. Under federal protocol, they had to leave two viable eggs in each nest that they took from. They still managed to collect 60 eggs. Sumner will be here to tell us how that effort has led to a population of 6,000 Trumpeters in Wisconsin today.
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