Young swans will soon be released to the wild in Jackson and Dubuque counties.
The Jackson and Dubuque County Conservation departments will release six cygnets, young swans, at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at Mud Lake in Dubuque County and Green Island Wildlife Area in Jackson County.
The swans were raised at the Hurstville Interpretive Center as part of the Iowa Trumpeter Swan Reintroduction Program.
Prior to the public releases, the cygnets will visit schools in Delaware, Dubuque, Clayton, Jackson and Jones counties.
“We received tremendous support from five families and two schools to enable us to care for the 2011 cygnets beyond their first 3 months,” Ann Burns, Jackson County Conservation environmental education coordinator, said.
During the school visits, students will learn about the swans’ habitat needs, wildlife management and clean water resources.
For more information, contact Jackson County Conservation at (563) 652-3783.