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Festival of Birds to take wing in Detroit Lakes May 17-20

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This summer marks the 25th anniversary of when trumpeter swans were restored in Minnesota -- the first one from the restoration project was released at the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge.

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So it seems only fitting that the bird be honored during the 15th annual Festival of Birds celebration next month.

With a steady decline in trumpeter swans due to hunting in the 1800s and early 1900s, by the 1930s, there were only 69 trumpeter swans left in the lower 48 states.

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