Romance Blossoms Between Gus and Gracie

The male trumpeter swan that joined Gracie at the Sunriver Nature Center and Observatory has been named “Gus.” Gus was brought in to hopefully fall in love and mate with Gracie after her former partner, Chuck, was illegally shot and killed.

Nearly 300 name suggestions were submitted but Gus was the instant favorite. Gus is short for Augusta, the city in Michigan where the bird sanctuary where he and Chuck both came from.

Gus and Gracie hit it off right away and now there are two swan eggs in the equation, which bird watchers hope will hatch in early July.

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