New York State
Ornithological Association

For the birders and birds of the Empire State

Marked/Banded Birds Updated 11/28/05

Mute Swan

These is not a project of NYSOA. This information is provided for birders who may encounter marked birds.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Fish, Wildlife & Marine Resources

Bureau of Wildlife, 5th Floor
625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-4754
Phone: (518) 402 8919 • FAX: (518) 402 9027


A study on the population ecology and status of mute swans in New York State is being conducted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) in cooperation with the New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Cornell University.

As part of this study, DEC has authorized the live-capture, banding, and release of mute swans so that DEC personnel can monitor their survival and movements. Capture and banding will begin in August 2004, after which regular visits will be made to areas to locate banded birds. A sample of mute swans will be marked with white plastic neck bands with black 4-character identification codes. These codes can be read from a distance and help to identify individual swans. Anyone seeing these banded birds is encouraged to report those sightings to:

Kevin Clarke
New York State DEC
Division of Fish, Wildlife & Marine Resources
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-4754
Phone: 518-402-8875


Thank you for your cooperation with this study. We have much to learn about mute swans in New York State and hope that this research will provide new information and insight. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.



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