21st TRUMPETER SWAN SOCIETY CONFERENCE
TTSS' most recent Conference and our 40th Anniversary celebration were held in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, April 17-19, 2008. The Conference focused on the history of TTSS and Trumpeter Swan conservation, especially in western Canada and Alaska. There were papers ranging from lead poisoning of trumpeters in the Pacific Northwest and the California Condor in California, challenges with wintering swan flocks in Comox Valley, British Columbia, to nesting surveys in Alaska, and nesting studies and migration experiments in the Midwest.
The conference took place during the Yukon Territory's Annual Celebration of Swans. Attendees came from as far away as Ontario, Iowa, Massachusetts, and Maryland. Although spring arrived later in the North this year, Conference participants enjoyed viewing Trumpeter Swans and other waterfowl on the Yukon River and at M'Clintock Bay. Many thanks to the First Nation guides who gave fascinating talks on the history of the land and wildlife.
A Proceedings will be published, although the format is still to be determined. Watch here for a notice of availability.