Swan Nest Live Cam

Trumpeter swans Buttercup and Scuttle are nesting again! This pair has had four clutches in the past and is part of an exciting Zoo conservation project. Each year, once the cygnets (baby swans) are fully grown, the Zoo transports them to Iowa to be released as a part of a special conservation program with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). The average clutch size for the species is 4-6 eggs and eggs hatch after approximately 34 days of gestation. Three cygnets have hatched this year!

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Citizen Science!

Click here to download a family citizen science activity. Watch the cam, make observations and share them with the Zoo. If we receive enough info we’ll compile the data!


The trumpeter swan camera will be active from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily, and run on a 30 minute delay due to the hands-off process, the risk for predation and other environmental factors such as extreme weather events.