Trumpeter swans flock in record numbers to St. Louis-area bird sanctuary

Jan 27, 2014

Trumpeter swans sleep on the ice at Heron Pond at Riverlands, while seagulls fly overhead.
Credit Véronique LaCapra & The Beacon / St. Louis Public Radio
Every winter, hundreds of trumpeter swans migrate from their breeding grounds in Wisconsin to the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary, just across the Mississippi River from Alton, Illinois.

This year there are about 900 of them ― a record for our area.

On a recent cold, blustery morning, St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon’s Véronique LaCapra drove up to see ― and hear ― the swans…and produced this audio postcard.