By the early 1930's fewer than 100 trumpeter swans survived outside of Alaska. They were driven to the most remote areas by market demand for quill pens and powder puffs of swans down. Habitat loss additionally reduced their numbers until only western Montana and the Yellowstone region sheltered remnant populations of the largest of all North American waterfowl.
In 1935, a portion of the Centennial Valley in Montana was set aside as the Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge to protect the nesting and wintering grounds of the trumpeter swan. The refuge, along with areas protected by the boundary of Yellowstone National Park, preserved a nucleus of nesting swans. With man's help, these birds expanded their numbers, and today trumpeter swans nest and raise their young in Grand Teton national Park and the National Elk Refuge north of Jackson.
Most of the trumpeters in this area are not migratory. They spend their entire life within a tri-state area along the borders of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. Despite the hardships, the swans seem to be doing well and it is encouraging to know that swans and their
Location. 43° 29.451′ N, 110° 45.7′ W. Marker is in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in Teton County. Marker is on U.S. 89, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is north of the Jackson Visitor's Center. Marker is in this post office area: Moose WY 83012, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wildland Romance (approx. 0.3 miles away); Gathering (approx. ¾ mile away); The Clubhouse (approx. ¾ mile away); Teton County Veterans Memorial (approx. ¾ mile away); The Square as it appeared in 1936 (approx. ¾ mile away); In The Early Days (approx. ¾ mile away); The Jackson Town Square (approx. ¾ mile away); John Colter (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jackson Hole.
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