Donations needed to help improve Swan Island at UNR

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- The University of Nevada, Reno’s current resident swans, Zeus and Athena, are in need of your support. This spring, Facilities Services will be improving Swan Island on Manzanita Lake to make it a more permanent and natural habitat for our swans and their future offspring.

Manzanita Lake was created in 1911 at UNR. The lake has become one of the most recognizable spots on campus, due largely to the swans that have called Manzanita Lake home for nearly 90 years.

The university's current resident swans, Zeus and Athena, are in need of support. Its goal to update and improve Swan Island is $15,000. The update to the island will include improvements such as removing the concrete tubes that currently border the island with larger rocks, creating paths that will allow the swans and their offspring to access the lake and their shelter safely, updating the vegetation around the island to provide as natural a habitat as possible, and extending the vegetation onto the shore and creating a garden and swan viewing area.

If you'd like to donate, click here. For more information or if you have questions about this project, please contact Torrey Hood at or (775) 682-6544.