The Trumpeter Swan Society Restore - Expand - Protect - Advocate - Involve - Rebuild
Observe with care! Note the swans' response to human presence and keep sufficient distance to avoid causing them to leave. We welcome photo submissions to document your sightings when possible. These can be sent to use directly in email, or you can post them to The Trumpeter Swan Society FACEBOOK site .
We provide many useful tips, including vocalization recordings, in the ID section of this website. At times, it is quite challenging to distinguish Trumpeter Swans from Tundra Swans, particularly cygnets. When possible, attach a photo and we will help confirm ID. Even if the species cannot be determined with certainty, if you are in an area where wintering swans are unusual, your observation could be quite helpful to identify a site's future potential.
Clear description of location
Note name of state, county, closest town or recognizable location such as a lake, park or refuge. Additionally, you may note township, range section, lat-long coordinates or GPS coordinates, if known. If you can include a small map of the site, that would be very helpful.
Details on the sighting
To the best of your ability, note age class (adult birds are white, juvenile birds (cygnets) are gray. Note total numbers of Trumpeter, Tundra, or unidentified swans. Note behavior (feeding, flying overhead, loafing/resting). General notes on other species in the area are of interest, such as in mixed flock with 300 Snow Geese, etc.
Details on habitat characteristics
Notes on human activities in the area and swan reaction, notes on any obvious hazards or attractive attributes of the sites, food resources, water conditions, use by other waterfowl, etc.
If Trumpeters are regularly using a location in your area, we would value further details or photo documentation of the habitat if you are willing to provide this level of detail. Details of what to observe in this SITE CHARACTERISTIC ASSESSMENT will be given to regular observers as needed.
Beginning January 1, 2010, we will summarize sighting locations for each state of interest online so observers can readily see what we are learning. TRUMPETER WATCH observers will receive monthly ENEWS from TTSS that will feature an update on observers and noteworthy reports. TTSS will summarize the data to create a multi-state overview of the swans' changing winter distribution, the habitats they are using, and make the information widely available to all who are interested Trumpeter Swan conservation and management.
We strongly encourage TRUMPETER WATCH observers to join TTSS. We are working diligently to help rebuild secure distributions as populations recover. We deal with challenges ranging from habitat loss to lead poisoning. Where Trumpeter Swans thrive, a host of other wetland-associated species will also prosper. Memberships start at $35.00 ($25.00 for Retirees and Students) and we need your contributions to help us accomplish our goals.