Trumpeter swans released as part of O’Dell Creek restoration project

Last Tuesday, five cygnet trumpeter swans were released into the O’Dell Creek wetlands, south of Ennis on Granger Ranch property.

Cygnets are young birds, around 100 days old, according to Jeff Laszlo who owns the Granger Ranch.

“This is the fourth time we’ve released swans,” he said. “We have one more planned release, but I think we may keep doing it until we actually see signs of nesting in the project area or elsewhere.”

On Aug. 25, representatives from NorthWestern Energy, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and Madison River Foundation gathered with Sen. Steve Daines and residents of the Madison Valley for the release.

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