- Associated Press - Thursday, April 28, 2016

CORNING, Iowa (AP) - Two trumpeter swans are set to be released at a southwest Iowa lake.

Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources say they will release the rare, all-white birds Thursday at Lake Icaria Recreation Area, near Corning.

The release is planned for 1 p.m. on the north side of the lake, and those who attend will be able touch and view the swans that weigh up to 32 pounds with an 8 foot wingspan.

Trumpeter swans were once common in Iowa but left the state by the late 1880’s. The swans being released Thursday are a part of the department’s effort to restore the bird’s population in the state.

Officials say that only 69 trumpeter swans remained in the continental U.S. by the early 1930’s.

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