'People call me the Swan Lady'

'People call me the Swan Lady'
EVERETT, Wash. -- Some baby swans at risk of becoming bald eagle appetizers were pulled from their parents and moved to a temporary home in Everett.

That would be the home of wildlife biologist Martha Jordan, whose plastic swan she drags across her lawn now has quite the following.

"They think she's mom so they follow her everywhere," Jordan said.

As a wildlife biologist, Jordan knows more about swans than almost anyone else.

"People do call me the 'swan lady' -- it's true," she said.

So when a Trumpeter Swan hatched eggs under an eagle's nest at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park about two weeks ago, who you gonna call to save those cygnets?

"They'd be dead by now because the eagles would have eaten them," Jordan said.

Even in Jordan's backyard, predators like owls, cats and crows look at these guys and see lunch. Jordan is raising the five fuzzy babies in her backyard for about 80 days before releasing them in the wild.

"I don't handle them very much," Jordan said. "I make sure that they're with this decoy who I call mom -- decoy mom."

Jordan watches over her brood like a proud mama.

"I love watching them do what they instinctively know how to do," Jordan said. "I've been working with swans for over 30 years and these aren't the first ones I've had."

Jordan has baby bird books of fowl she's fostered.

"It really is exciting to see pictures now of swans that I've raised that have cygnets and those cygnets are now having cygnets of their own and the restoration of the species is happening."

And you can bet this brood won't be Morgan's swan song.

Around the time they're ready to fly, the Trumpeter Swans will be released in Oregon -- one of the states trying to restore the species from the decimation of flocks for feathers back in the early 1900's.