Articles in Category: Nature Center News

Beloved Swan Killed

on Wednesday, 29 November 2017. Posted in Nature Center News

We are deeply saddened to share the news that Chuck, our male Trumpeter Swan that has lived on Lake Aspen in Sunriver since 2013, was illegally shot on Thanksgiving afternoon, November 23rd, and fatally wounded.

Chuck, together with his mate Gracie and their four cygnets, had been exploring outside of Lake Aspen for the last week. Although they are wild, the swans are also flightless and generally only move among the waterways in Sunriver. The Nature Center staff had been monitoring their location and working to recover the swans to return them to Lake Aspen.

On Thursday afternoon, the Nature Center received reports of an injured swan approximately two miles downriver from Lake Aspen in Sunriver. Staff from the Nature Center were able to retrieve Chuck and transport him to a veterinarian for examination. However, after extensive consultation with experts, it was decided that Chuck’s injuries were beyond repair and that intervention would cause further suffering for the swan. He was humanely euthanized.

Sunriver Nature Center has been in contact with Sunriver Police, Oregon State Police, and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and will assist them in their investigation. Swans are a protected species and it is illegal to hunt them in Oregon. Any person that has information regarding the incident is encouraged to call the Oregon State Police.

Chuck and Gracie were placed at Lake Aspen as part of a breeding program supported by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to reintroduce Trumpeter Swans in the area. Their first successful breeding attempt produced two cygnets in 2016 which were subsequently transferred to Summer Lake Wildlife Area. This year’s cygnets will spend the winter in Sunriver and be transferred to Summer Lake next spring.


Name the Cygnets!

on Sunday, 03 September 2017. Posted in Nature Center News

Help Sunriver Nature Center and Chuck and Grace (dad and mom) name our 2017 cygnets! Please take our survey and vote for your favorite foursome. We'll take votes until September 18 and we will announce the names in October! 

Click HERE to vote for your favorite cygnet names!

Swan Cam

on Wednesday, 14 June 2017. Posted in Nature Center News

We have Cygnets!

Chuck and Gracie have had a tremendous year for cygnets! We are proud to announce the arrival of FOUR baby swans, born approximately between July 3rd and 4th of 2017. Congratulations Chuck and Gracie!


Photo credit: Jim Leonard

June 18th Update: Live Web Cam Taken down until 2018

Due to the precocial nature of Trumpeter Swan cygnets; Chuck, Gracie, and their four young are now fully exploring Lake Aspen and are spending time away from the nest (and unfortunately for us) away from the camera. The live cam will be up again next year for the 2018 laying season.

For now, we highly recommend fans of Chuck and Gracie come down to the Nature Center to see these incredible animals for yourselves. Bring your binoculars and spotting scopes! 


Thank you: 

This camera made possible through a generous grant as provided by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The Sunriver Nature Center would also like to give a HUGE thank you to our friends at the Sunriver Owners Association for all of their support in making this live camera feed happen. Thank you Jason and Jesus!