We have built this site to tell others about the important issue of lead poisoning in the trumpeter swan.
The trumpeter swan, largest and rarest of the world's eight swan species, was once a common nesting bird in north, west, and central North America. It was hunted extensively by natives for food and feathers, and its numbers began to decline when a market developed in European settlements for its skin, feathers, down, and quills. The decline continued with the gradual loss of nesting, feeding, and wintering habitats, especially in the United States, to expanded land use. Most recently there has been a increase in the population of Trumpeter swans in Whatcom County, Washington. The population has been gradually increasing over the years but there is still the issue of the lead poisoning that is killing the trumpeter swan.