We took a little Winter road trip over the weekend. In Monticello, Minnesota there is an official Swan Park. And all you have to do is drive up, park and open your car door to know there are swans there. The sounds of geese honking and swans trumpeting fills the air.
There is a viewing platform and 100's of swans. Hit it Maestro! It sounds like band practice on steroids!
They are actually quite huge. And an interesting fact is that they have more vertebrae in their graceful necks then any other mammal. Including Giraffes! Look at the size difference between the geese and the trumpeters. When you see them swimming across the Mississippi River they look like boats. In Boston they would be.
Twenty Five years ago the Swan Lady Sheila Lawrence started feeding the band. Sheila passed away last year but her husband Jim continues her legacy. He feeds the swans every morning from November through March.
And there are even some treats for people. You can donate some cash to buy corn for the whole band. All 1,000 of them!
Don't forget to stop back on Wednesday for my latest recipe. Giant Swan drumsticks with cornbread. Kidding!!!!!