The Bird Man of Idaho: SAVING OUR SWANS


Kent Clegg likes watching birds, and he likes flying ultralight planes. He finds ways to do both, to the birds' profit. In 1997 Clegg got whooping cranes to follow him in his ultralight from Idaho to New Mexico to try to restart a breeding population of the rare birds in the southwest. Now he has a new passion: trumpeter swans.

The largest waterfowl in the U.S., with wingspans up to 8 ft., trumpeters were hunted nearly to extinction. Their numbers slowly recovered--Idaho now has some 250 resident trumpeters and gets an additional 3,000 in winter migrating from Canada. But too many...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!