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Up up and away, adult trumpeter swans take flight from open water on the St. Croix River Monday afternoon. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Margaret A. Ontl)

Trumpeter swans: Hudson’s premier winter attraction

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So it has been for years, on a nice winter weekend day, hundreds of people, photographers and nature enthusiasts still flock to Hudson to have a close encounter our winter flock of trumpeter swans. They are North America’s heaviest native bird and for the most part they are “the largest surviving waterfowl species on earth.”

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