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2023 News and Notes

Photograph by Margaret Smith

2024 TTSS News Archive

News Highlights from 2024

Swans in the Yukon- Migration Delight (webinar)
Swans are an extremely important conservation and cultural icon in Yukon Territory. Here’s your chance to learn more about swans in this remote part of the continent!

Yukon swan experts use the multimedia wonders of Zoom to share their knowledge of swan identification, populations, nesting, behavior, and migration.

Learn about Yukon’s amazing natural spring migration areas where thousands of Trumpeter Swans gather. Be inspired by the annual Yukon Celebration of Swans which has become a rite of spring for thousands of Yukoners of all ages each year.

Presented by:
Margaret Campbell, Wildlife Biologist, Canadian Wildlife Service
Jim Hawkings, Wildlife Biologist (CWS retired) and TTSS Board member
Karen McColl, Wildlife Viewing Specialist, Government of Yukon

Learn how the late Harry Lumsden led the restoration of trumpeter swans to Ontario and received one of Canada’s highest awards for his efforts; how, when and where wing tags are put on Ontario trumpeter swans; the near and far way places Ontario’s trumpeter swans have been reported in Canada and the USA, and much more!

Presented by:
Kyna Intini, Trumpeter Swan Conservation Ontario (TSCO)
Ken Abraham, Emeritus Research Scientist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, TSCO and Trumpeter Swan Society Board member
Gary Lane, Ontario Trumpeter Swan locations data manager

This webinar is an educational program of the Trumpeter Swan Society

MONTANA: Blackfoot Challenge. "The Blackfoot Challenge recently learned of the deaths of four trumpeter swan cygnets hatched to Blackfoot swan 3A6 in Sheridan, Wyoming. Swan 3A6 was released in the Blackfoot in 2016 and nested in the Sheridan area this year. The cygnets were determined to have died of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), or avian flu...waterfowl (birds like ducks, geese, swans, coots, grebes, etc.), some raptor species (especially red-tailed hawks, bald eagles and great horned owls), and scavengers like ravens, crows and magpies are more susceptible and experiencing higher mortalities." Read more...

MISSOURI: "The decades long effort by conservationists to save and boost trumpeter swans in the Midwest continues to show progress. A weekly waterfowl survey tallied 4,199 trumpeters on Jan. 4 using wetlands at the Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge in Holt County. Once almost extinct in the Lower 48 states, their numbers are being brought back thanks to wetland and migratory bird conservation efforts.

The 4,199 trumpeter swans counted on Jan. 4 was a new record count for Loess Bluffs, said William Kutosky, refuge manager for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The refuge’s staff surveys the waterfowl and eagle populations weekly during winter." Read more...

ONTARIO: "Crowds of people dropped by LaSalle Park Marina today to enjoy some January sunshine and visit the wintering Trumpeter swans. It was a perfect day for families and photographers to enjoy the wonder of the beautiful swans." Audio and photos available. Read more...

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