Trumpeter swans flock to Mississippi River for the winter

Thousands of once-endangered trumpeter swans spend their winters on the Mississippi in Monticello, Minnesota.
Swans use winter as their social & courting season.

The trumpeting sound of Monticello’s swans 
Here’s a glimpse of the thousands of trumpeter swan that winter on the Mississippi River in Monticello, Minnesota, December through early March. Even better, you can hear the joyful honking of trumpeter swans who are fed daily around 10:30 am, the best time to see the swans in Monticello.

Look for my full feature on their comeback in Minnesota and why they winter on this bend of the Mississippi River in the Star Tribune’s Outdoors Weekend section Friday, Jan. 17.

–Lisa Meyers McClintick

Written by Lisa Meyers McClintick

1 Comment

Bob & Susie

Great article Friday. This will get us down there to watch the Trumpeters this next week. Thank you for the comprehensive description about how to experience this.

Article’s link through is difficult .. almost impossible. On my wife’s Mac, I followed the advisories to add the Windows Media plug-in. No joy. Not much better success on my up-to-date PC laptop.

Followed up further and your name led to this blog. Your other freelanced articles for the Strib have stood out to me too. Keep it up!

Bob in St. Cloud


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