Yellowstone's Trumpeter Swans Electronic Field Trip is now available for teacher review. This program will premiere for classroom use and for the general public on October 8, 2003.
Although trumpeter swans were once widespread across much of North America, they were believed to be near extinction by 1900. A small group of these birds survived in the vast wilderness of the Yellowstone region. The trumpeter swan population began to recover through conservation efforts. The discovery of a sizeable group of these birds in Alaska further eased the fear of this species' extinction. Today about 20,000 trumpeter swans exist in North America.
Yellowstone National Park is home to two different populations of trumpeter swans. The first is a group of less than 25 birds that lives in the region year-round. The second is a highly migratory population that visits the park only during the winter. The number of migratory swans has grown, while the number of resident birds has declined. Yellowstone, once the trumpeter swans' last stronghold, now appears to offer a rather questionable future for its resident swans.
Become a residential or migratory trumpeter swan and take flight on an interactive Internet-based tour with audio and video-streaming content. Listen as local middle school students tell the trumpeter swan's story and discuss the theories behind the residential population's decline in Yellowstone. Watch and learn as students interview a park biologist to explore the natural history of this fascinating bird and to examine the park's current management strategies.
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