Members of the Buena Vista County Swan Restoration Committee worked Wednesday to collect their cygnets from last spring's hatch.
The Cherokee Conservation group managed to collect their entire family of swans at the Larsen Lake site and deliver them to the main Swan Pond on Highway 71 north of Storm Lake, where birds are kept for the winter season.
A breeding pair of trumpeter swans from the Clyde Krause pond were also captured and are currently in the process of being delivered to another swanless county by DNR Specialist Dave Hoffman. The proven breeding pair that formerly occupied the Larsen Lake site was released at the Krause site later in the afternoon.
Seven cygnets from Larsen Lake, Gilmore City and the 71 site were wing clipped and released at the 71 site. In addition the family of four birds from the Mike Griggs pond will be captured and released around mid-October to the 71 site.
"All and all we will end up with a lot of birds this winter at our 71 site," Griggs said.
This year's collection went off with few problems. "It was just an enjoyable afternoon spent in good company," Griggs said.
A new storage building is being completed at the Highway 71 pond. A roll up door is currently on order at UBC. When completed this building will provide storage for feed and equipment. Electricity will be run to the building in the near future so that aeration equipment can run from this location. Hopefully, this will help resolve freeze up concerns at the pond site.