Friday, January 3, 2014

Monticello Winter Swan Update

A cold winter in Minnesota means the Mississippi River in Monticello is brimming with waterfowl.  Thanks to Xcel Energy’s nearby nuclear generating power plant, that section of the river doesn’t freeze, thus creating a haven for migrating birds. 

Regular readers of this site know the incredible story of the late Sheila Lawrence, the “Swan Lady of Monticello,” who dedicated her life to the preservation and care of these magnificent animals. Today, her husband Jim continues his wife’s legacy, winter feeding not only thousands of Trumpeters but also large flocks of Canada Geese and ducks. 

Jim checked in this week and provided us with a waterfowl update. “2000 plus swans and a bunch of Canadians and mallards.  Sheila often said that their sounds were music to her ears.  Well, plenty of music here.”

The city of Monticello provides a live “swan cam” so viewers all over the world can enjoy the site of so many birds and watch Jim with his 10:30 a.m. feeding.  Follow the link below to access the webcam and also support the Lawrence family’s feeding efforts.

Please click on the label “Sheila’s Swans" at the bottom of this post to read more about Sheila Lawrence.

(photo appears courtesy of Chris Lommel Photography)



  1. Thanks for reminding us about this incredible annual event. Even though I could not watch the webcam (don't have the right plug in), I can watch it on youtube and I'll visit the site to contribute to this wonderful effort.

  2. I also want to say that I love the photo of your parents here. Such a charming, loving couple.

  3. I wanted to tell you that the link you provided does not provide any info on how you can donate to Jim's feeding efforts. When I clicked on SUPPORT, I ended up on Fibernet.


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