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Marked/Banded Birds Last Updated 1/27/08

Tundra Swan

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

Tundra Swans Banded in Western and Northern Alaska       Posted 1/27/08

As part of an effort to learn more about the timing of migration and movements relative to breeding areas, 315 Tundra Swans were captured and marked on their breeding grounds in Alaska in 2007. The swans were marked with blue collars with 4 white alphanumerics or white collars with 4 black alphanumerics. Codes are read from bottom to top. Marking locations included the Yukon Delta (100); Alaska Peninsula, North, (52); Alaska Peninsula (63); Koyukuk Drainage (10) and Kotzebue Sound (90).

Please report observations to your local conservation officer or to; or

Craig Ely
Alaska Science Center
Anchorage, AK

John Whissel
Swan Research Program
Warrenton, VA

Eastern Tundra Swan Project    
Last updated 11/2/01

The Atlantic Flyway is involved in a movement study of eastern tundra swans. During the winters of 2000-01 and 2001-02, biologists in Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia are putting radio transmitters and satellite transmitters on eastern tundra swans. These transmitters are attached to white neck collars. If any of these transmitters are found or reported to you, would you please contact:

Khristi Wilkins or Rich Malecki
NY Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit
Fernow Hall, Room 202
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-0188


As a part of this study, gray neck collars with black lettering (no transmitters) have been placed on birds in North Carolina and Pennsylvania. If you see any of these neck collars, please forward all verified sightings to the state biologist in or nearest your state. These contacts are:

Delaware Tom Whittendale 302-653-2882

Maryland Larry Hindman 410-827-8612

North Carolina Dennis Luszcz 252-482-7787

Pennsylvania John Dunn 717-776-7337

Virginia Gary Costanzo 757-253-4180

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