Wild Lands of the West | The BLM, National Geographic Magazine: Rare Trumpeter Swan

Large white swan in grass with four white babies swimming behind her in blue water.

A trumpeter swan leads little ones carefully through the brush to feed in early morning along Alaska’s Denali Highway.  After the juveniles are a year old, they turn from gray to white.

The trumpeter swan is the largest and most rare swan in the world. Hunted to the brink of extinction by the early 1900s, trumpeter swan numbers are rebounding in Canada and Alaska.