MAQUOKETA — Jackson County Conservation has announced the arrival of a new captive male swan.
The cob joined the swan family at the Hurstville Interpretive Center on Jan. 28 and is replacing Fred, who died earlier this year.
The new swan was injured by a fishing hook in Minnesota. With a new male, it is hoped that he and Ginger, the female swan, will raise cygnets as part of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ trumpeter swan restoration efforts. The cygnets that are raised at the Hurstville Center are released into the wild to help increase the number of swans in Iowa.
Jackson County Conservation invites the public to help give the new cob a name. Submit suggestions to the conservation department by Feb. 28 by calling (563) 652-3783 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. After name suggestions are gathered, the public will have a chance to vote for their favorite.