About This Event
Today will be hands down one of the most unique experiences one can have in the Ozarks. We will do a very simple/short hike in Big Creek Natural Area in the Arkansas Valley. This hike follows a high bluffline that showcases magnificent views of the river below.
After the hike, the real show begins. Magness Lake houses a huge population of Trumpeter Swans during the winter. These birds are the largest waterfowl in North America, weighing up to 35 pounds and having close to 8’ wingspans! Trumpeter swans are increasing in Arkansas, and are the focus of a multi-agency experimental program in parts of the state apart from Magness Lake, where they have been wintering since the early 1990s. Trumpeter swans have been released at two other areas of the state in hopes that the young swans will return to both areas in the winter and eventually bring their families. It’s a process called “reverse migration imprinting.” The swans are best seen right before sunset, so we will base our timing on these optimal viewing times.
Rest your heads during the drive home after a full unique Ozark adventure, only possible this time of year!