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Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) Recovery in the Blackfoot Valley (T-033)

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In an attempt to establish a resident population comprising at least 7 established breeding pairs, trumpeter swans will be captive-reared and introduced into suitable habitats in the Blackfoot Valley, Montana. Reintroduction efforts begin in 2005 on private and public lands in the Blackfoot Valley. A reintroduction site on public lands includes the Blackfoot Waterfowl Production Area, which provides opportunities for the public to view and photograph these birds. Other release sites are on private land within a few miles of the town of Ovando, Powell County, Montana. Results on the success of this project can be found in the associated reference reports.

Time Span

09/18/2006–06/30/2009 "Completed"

Primary Investigator

  • Tom Hinz

Focus Areas

  • Blackfoot River


  • Riparian and Wetland


  • Hinz, T. 2009 2009 progress report for T-33; Blackfoot swan restoration in the Blackfoot Valley. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.14 pp

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  • Hinz, T. 2008. Final project report for T33: Trumpeter Swan Recovery in the Blackfoot Valley. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. 3 pp.

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  • Hinz, T. 2007. Interim report for SWG T-33-R-1: Trumpeter swan recovery in the Blackfoot Valley, Montana, 09/2006 - 09/2007. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. 2 pp

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