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Trumpeter Watch is The Trumpeter Swan Society's citizen science program to track swan migration and rest stops

Photographs by James Kane, M.D. Trumpeter Swans wintering in Heber Springs, Arkansas

Report a Swan


Be part of recording swan history as it happens! You can help us and states and provinces learn about new migration routes, rest stops, wintering areas and nesting grounds.  We share new sightings with swan managers in each flyway. It is so exciting to learn about new areas where Trumpeter Swans are being seen. 

Step 1: Share your banded swan sighting with the Bird Banding Lab. (Reporting a white[ish] GPS collar? Go right now to Step 2)

Please report any neck collared, wing-tagged, or leg banded Trumpeter Swans to the Bird Banding Lab.  If you are reporting a white or yellow(ish) GPS collared swan, go to Step 2 immediately. (The white collars may be stained brown/yellow- orange due to minerals in the water where it feeds. These GPS collars have black solar panels)

When you submit a report of a marked swan to the Bird Banding Lab, the bander will receive a report with your sighting. 

Step 2: Share your swan sighting with TTSS

Your online report (below) will be reviewed by The Trumpeter Swan Society and shared where needed most (state and provincial swan managers).

Your report provides essential information to TTSS and swan managers. Your report increases the long-term security of Trumpeter Swans as they pioneer new areas. You are part of a network of volunteer observers documenting swan numbers, dates, locations and the key characteristics of the habitats they are using. While you are unlikely to hear back about a particular swan, you are helping trumpeter swans in a real and tangible way as your report is shared where it is needed most.

Fill out the quick and easy online Trumpeter Swan Report form below (you can also upload photos or video which are very helpful for us), or download a printable form and mail it to The Trumpeter Swan Society, 12615 Rockford Rd., Plymouth, MN 55441

If you experience problems with the form, email information to


Quick & Easy Trumpeter Watch Report

Trumpeter Watch Reporting Form

Observer Information

Your phone is needed if we have questions about your report
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Observation Details and Location

Are you reporting a Trumpeter Swan sighting?

Please provide a detailed description of the location of your observation

Or, use the GPS location from your phone or the link below.

It is helpful for us to know if swans are in a river, lake, wetland, or on shore, or if they are in a field.

"Marked" Swans (neck collars, leg bands, wing tags) & behavior

If any swans were "marked" with a neck collar, wing tag or leg band let us know the number of marked swans, if they were white or gray, and the collar colors (of the collar itself and color of the letters/numbers), leg band number or wing tag (colors of tag and number). E.g., yellow wing tag J28; red collar, white letters T62

Your sharing of the swan behavior is greatly appreciated if you observe that as well. Thanks so much!

If you have photos of the swan(s) you saw, please upload them below or, if you have problems uploading your photos, email your photo(s) to

This helps us document the species and/or any marking codes.

No RAW files (.heic) files please.

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Thank you! Look for your confirming email with your report details.

If you had any issues with the form, contact

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