The Northern Rockies Trumpeter Swan Stewards (NRTSS) is a network of land and wildlife stewards whose activities protect and improve the future quality of Trumpeter Swan nesting habitat in the Intermountain West. Founded by NRCC Research Associates Ruth Shea and Drew Reed, the program brings together individuals, companies, organizations, and agencies that value swans and other wetland wildlife to create long-term, cooperative management strategies and accomplish priority projects.
In 2015 NRTSS launched its inaugural project to help end the annual deaths of swans from collisions with power lines at Texas Slough, an important wintering habitat in eastern Idaho. NRTSS partnered with local landowners and the local power company to help raise public awareness and the funds to bury the lines. More than $100,000 was raised in six weeks and the lines were buried just before the wintering swans arrived. The Swan Safe Power Lines Project now serves as a model of community cooperation in conservation and will continue to work to make other important habitats safer for the swans.
More recently, Drew Reed of NRTSS has joined up with Wyoming Untrapped on the Beaver Awareness and Restoration Project. The project has two main goals: one, to relocate “problem” beavers to areas in need of wetland creation on the Bridger-Teton National Forest, and two, to educate the public (in particular local students) on the ecological importance of beavers.
For more information on the 2016 accomplishments and 2017 plans of the Northern Rockies Trumpeter Swan Stewards, click here.