All Are Drawn to the River

Trumpeter Swans & Shawnee woman on the Ohio – 18th Century                                                                   

The Ohio River has been known by many names. For instance, the Shawnee called it Spaylaywitheepi while the Miami called it Causisseppione. In most Indian languages their word for The Ohio meant- a river of great beauty.

Trumpeter Swans, during their fall migration, would fly south over the Ohio and sometimes stay well into winter until it became too cold and they would continue their journey southward.

Some early accounts tell of migrating flocks in the hundreds!

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