MAQUOKETA — Jackson County Conservation is inviting the public to vote for the name of the new male captive swan at the Hurstville Interpretive Center.
Name submissions were collected in February. After receiving more than 50 name suggestions, the list was narrowed down to five names, including Ale, Jack, Pirate Pete, Popeye and Skipper. The public is welcome to vote by going to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DJJ63YS or visiting the Hurstville Center’s Facebook page to access the voting link.
The new male joined the swan family at the Hurstville Interpretive Center on Jan. 28 and is replacing Fred, who died early 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 Resource's 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.
For more information, contact Jackson County Conservation at (563) 652-3783.