The Buena Vista County Swan Restoration Program has finally found its birds.
After losing several birds in recent years, the program has been down two pairs of adult birds from its original size. After several months of searching for an available mated pair of the rare birds, the committee has located and negotiated to buy a proven pair from the Cedar Falls area.
Iowa Department of Natural Resources swan expert Ron Andrews helped the committee to obtain the birds. Cost will be $2,000, considered
The birds are expected to arrive in mid-October, and will be placed at the Highway 71 Swan Pond near Storm Lake. Other swans in the program were returned to that site Saturday, after several months on other area sites while the Department of Transportation was performing an upgrade project at the Swan Pond.
"We are thrilled with the work done on the site, and flags have been placed for trees and other landscaping that will be done next," Swan Committee Chairperson Mark Kirkholm said. "Plans are being drawn up now for the new public observation deck that we hope to construct soon. When all that is done, it will be the neatest site."
With the newly-purchased swans, the project will have seven pairs of permanent nesting birds. Cygnets produced each spring are released to the wild after their first year.