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When Sheila and Jim Lawrence moved to their retirement home in a beautiful wooded setting on the banks of the Mississippi River near Monticello, they thought they would finally have a chance to relax. Instead, they found themselves the tireless keepers of hundreds of birds that overwinter in their backyard because the warm-water discharge from the nearby power plant keeps the river open year-round.

Most notable among the winter residents are reintroduced trumpeter swans, a state-threatened species. Sheila soon found herself tracking individual swans, documenting their activities, and recording important data for ongoing research in the DNR Nongame Wildlife Program.

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