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Trumpeter Swan Viewing

Trumpeter Swan Trumpeter swans are the largest of North America's migratory birds. And Alaska is the breeding grounds for a significant number of the continent's population. With favorable habitat in most areas of the state, nesting adults can be found from the western shores to the Copper River delta. But they are a reclusive bird which shies away from human activities.
Trumpeter Swan Although Alaska also has tundra swans, the Trumpeter is the one most often seen in southcentral Alaska. There are a few seasonal areas where one can view these majestic birds as well as some areas that provide extended viewing opportunities.

During the spring waterfowl migration, small family groups of trumpeters can be seen on the Kenai Flats at the mouth of the Kenai River. Great numbers of other waterfowl gather in this area to feed on the wetland plants before continuing their journey. You will see most species of puddle ducks, many canada geese, varying numbers of snow geese, a few whitefront geese, sandhill cranes and bald eagles. Waterfowl arrive near the end of April and many remain well into May before moving on.

The lower section of the Moose River and the beginning of the Kenai River where it comes out of Skilak Lake are also areas where springtime concentrations of trumpeter swans appear. These areas are restricted to non-motorized watercraft (canoes mainly) during the nesting period.

Trumpeter swans also nest around many of the lakes in the Swanson River Canoe Trail system. June is an excellent time for canoeing this wilderness area and much wildlife and birdlife will be seen on the trip.

Kenai Peninsula Trumpeter Swan Map

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