Sunday, July 2, 2017

Elk Rapids, Michigan: Swan Statue

This big swan statue in front of the Chamber of Commerce in Elk Rapids comes with an interesting story.

The swan originally was used as a float used in local parades, starting in 1966. But eventually, someone points out that the orange-billed swan was a Mute Swan - an invasive species. It was crowding out the black-billed Trumpeter Swan, putting it in danger.

They are working on the bigger problem of how to save the Trumpeter, but in the meantime some high school students were recruited to paint the 15-foot statue. They have done so. That'll scare off those Mutes.

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