Swans are such an iconic bird. They inhabit many waterways around the world and are beloved by many. This week we talk about swans, and especially focus on the Trumpeter Swan. Hunted to near extinction in the 1800s, these swans were reduced to less than 70 birds in the lower 48 of the United States. Fortunately, small remnant populations survived in Alaska and parts of Canada to allow their survival. Through focused conservation these birds have rebounded with around 63,000 birds. These elegant and massive birds are so fun to learn about and we know you will fall in love with them if you are not already. Also, this week is also a special episode for us. Chris is getting married to his sweetheart Pippa and is dedicating this episode to her.
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