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Hudson Library column: Swan Walk at the library

Tina Norris

At the Hudson Area Library, we're showcasing the results of Wisconsin's successful swan recovery program.

On Saturday, March 10, we'll kick off our program with a short movie from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources about the state's Trumpeter Swan Recovery Program. Then we'll take a walk north of the library to see the swans' home along the St. Croix River.

We'll be joined by Clarence "Buck" Malick, a local conservation leader who won the Department of Natural Resources Secretary's Director Award in 2015. Malick is known for his work in environmental education and mentoring.

With a wingspan of 7 feet, the trumpeter swan is North America's largest waterfowl. The large bird was essentially lost to Wisconsin because of hunting and habitat loss. In the 1980s, the state launched a program to reintroduce trumpeter swans and help them thrive.

The number of trumpeter swans in Wisconsin has jumped from zero to nearly 4,700 a generation after the program began. Wisconsin was able to remove trumpeter swans from the endangered species list in 2009.

Six years ago, the DNR also ended annual surveys to monitor trumpeter swan nests and to band new hatchlings, but the state still keeps tabs on the trumpeters with an aerial survey.

Learn about the recovery program and check out books about swans at the Hudson Area Library. For details, go to the website, www.hudsonareapubliclibrary.org, or call the library at 715-386-3101.

Upcoming events

• Swan Walk, Saturday March 10, 10:30-11:30 a.m. A short film, "Trumpeter Swans... For Generations to Come" with a brief information session about the swans and their recovery program, followed by a walk (if the conditions are right) to see some of the swans wintering along the St. Croix River. Everyone welcome.

• 3-D Printing Workshop, Thursday March 15, 4-5 p.m. An introduction to 3-D printing at the library.

• Stitch Night, Thursday March 15, 6-7:30 p.m. Bring your stitching and enjoy relaxed conversation.

• Construction Club, Thursday March 15, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Legos, K'Nex, straws, marshmallows, toothpicks, connectors and more. Every third Thursday of the month. Grades 3-6.

• St. Patty's Pi Day, Friday March 16, 4-6 p.m. Celebrate Pi Day and St. Patrick's Day combined! We'll eat pie and watch "Song of the Sea." Ages tween-teen.

• Rince na Chroi Irish Dancers, Saturday March 17, 1-1:45 p.m. The Rince na Chroi Irish Dancers from St. Paul will be giving a demonstration and a little Irish dancing lesson. For all ages.

Book Clubs

Land of Stories Book Club, Tuesday March 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m. "An Author's Odyssey" by Chris Colfer.

iLABS

Open Lab Time: Monday - Thursday noon-7 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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