Trumpeter Swan Ecology and Reintroduction

presented by Franz Ingelfinger

Franz Ingelfinger

The Trumpeter Swan has made a remarkable recovery throughout Northwest Montana, thanks to a multiple-decade’s long re-introductory effort involving several cooperators. Today, swans breeding throughout the Flathead are the direct decedents of those efforts. Franz will discuss Trumpeter Swan ecology, reintroduction, and current efforts to utilize GPS-collar technology to identify migratory pathways and suitable wetland habitats for range expansion.

Franz Ingelfinger is a Restoration Ecologist with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. Originally from Massachusetts, he studied at the University of Wyoming. Like the birds in the Flathead, Franz got his wildlife start in the early days of the swan reintroduction program, where he worked for the Wyoming Wetland Society rearing swans for release. Now in the Flathead, Franz occasionally volunteers with ongoing Trumpeter Swan recovery efforts.

The program will be presented through the online Zoom platform on March 8th, 2021, at 7pm Mountain Time (you can hop on at 6:30pm to chat with fellow FAS members). Check your emailed Pileated Post for the link or email us at requesting the link with instructions to connect.

The program is free and open to the public.