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Greetings, and welcome to the Swan News number 18 for 2023. I trust that we have some interesting content again. Many thanks to all who contributed. […] Read more →

The recorded presentations of the 7th International Swan Symposium and 26th Swan Conference of the Trumpeter Swan Society in Jackson, Wyoming now available […] Read more →

The warming climate is giving migratory birds new opportunities to extend their breeding ranges. These expansions may have a significant impact on other local bird communities […] Read more →

A major strength of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) is its requirement for European Union Member States to reduce external nutrient loading in lakes […] Read more →

During October 2022–March 2023, highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) A(H5N1) clade virus caused outbreaks in South Korea, including 174 cases in wild birds […] Read more →

In many shallow water lakes of China, as the numbers of tourists observing waterflow increases, the amount of supplemental food provided to waterflow also increases […] Read more →

Black swans are one of the most common waterbird species found in Australian wetlands, rivers, and urban parks […] Read more →

The distribution and migration routes of the most studied swan species, mute swans (Cygnus olor), in East Asia are largely unknown […] Read more →

Migratory birds face diverse threats during migration. Critical stopover sites (CSSs) are essential refueling and resting sites […] Read more →

The quality of swans’ nutrition at spring migration stopovers is important for their successful breeding […] Read more →

Every winter Denmark is visited by large numbers of geese and swans from more northerly breeding sites […] Read more →

Climate change alters the timing of natural events differently in each region. […] Read more →

Goose and swan populations have increased concurrently with environmental degradation of wetlands, such as eutrophication, vegetation losses […] Read more →

The tundra of the eastern Asian Arctic is inhabited by at least three Flyway populations of the Tundra swan: East-Asian continental migratory Flyway […] Read more →

Population delineation based on sound knowledge of movements, distribution and numbers involved of where two populations of the same species may occur […] Read more →

The Iceland Whooper Swan has been intensively studied through a long-term life history study undertaken by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust […] Read more →

Recreational activities and shipping lanes often occur in close proximity to molting areas of waterfowl but knowledge on this disturbance effect is scant. […] Read more →

Many migratory birds are known to respond to climate warming by shifting their distribution towards higher latitudes or elevations […] Read more →

The gastrointestinal microbiota, a complex ecosystem, is involved in the physiological activities of hosts and the development of diseases […] Read more →

The concomitant effects of environmental physical constraints associated with the availability and quality of food will finally affect the energy budget of wild animals. […] Read more →

This study aimed to analyze the relationship between Cygnus spp. population trends and land-use changes and artificial development activities […] Read more →

Wetlands are environments with a high diversity and global importance due to the ecosystem services they provide. In Chile, most wetlands are threatened […] Read more →

Ecological monitoring programs play a crucial role in understanding population dynamics and are fundamental to conservation planning. […] Read more →

With the warmer winters associated with climate change, thousands of swans now remain in Northern Xinjiang during the winter months, where several outbreaks of avian influenza have also been recorded […] Read more →

For the first time in the past 50 years, the successful breeding of mute swans has been recorded in the Yili area of Xinjiang. […] Read more →

Blastocystis is a usual intestinal protist that always found in humans and various animals. Currently, the prevalence of Blastocystis in the migratory whooper swan (Cygnus cygnus) is unknown. […] Read more →

Whooper Swan is timid and exhibits a tendency to hide in emergent vegetation. A drone was used to improve the effectiveness of research. […] Read more →

Here, we take advantage of a 30-y dataset on Whooper swans which provides a rare opportunity to quantify the role of nature reserves in the population dynamics of a migratory waterbird. […] Read more →

A Swan Success Story

by Elaine Caton, Blackfoot Challenge Education & Swan Program Coordinator

Last year turned out to be a banner year for trumpeter swans in the Blackfoot watershed. […] Read more →

Between May of 2022 and 2023, I have been paired with Port Susan Bay Preserve in Stanwood, WA (USA) as a Writing the Land poet. […] Read more →

Over the past decades, Germany has become more and more important for the north-western European population of Bewick’s Swans Cygnus columbianus bewickii during their migration and wintering season. […] Read more →

Following years of campaigning by WWT, BirdLife and other international partners, it is now illegal to use lead gunshot in and around wetlands in all 27 EU countries […] Read more →

The Trumpeter Swan, North America’s only native swan species, lost one of its most ardent and energetic champions with the sudden passing of Ruth Shea on 25th February 2023. […] Read more →

Welcome to the 17th edition of the Swan Specialist Group News, for 2022 […] Read more →

The United Nations Biodiversity Conference (COP15) ended in Montreal, Canada, on 19 December 2022 with a landmark agreement […] Read more →

Contracting Parties and observers to the Convention on Wetlands met in Wuhan, China and Geneva […] Read more →

“COP27 concludes with much homework and little time.” […] Read more →

Once widespread throughout North America, the Trumpeter Swan Cygnus buccinator was extirpated from much of its historic range by the turn of the 20th Century due largely to overhunting and habitat loss. […] Read more →

This synchronous international survey is part of the long-term monitoring scheme coordinated by the Swan Specialist Group […] Read more →

A growing number of nature reserves have begun to use live-streaming webcams to showcase their wildlife to the outside world. This presents an opportunity for researchers to study animal behaviour […] Read more →

Wetlands absorb carbon dioxide and buffer the excesses of drought and flood, yet we’ve drained much of this land. Can we learn to love our swamps? By Annie Proulx, The New Yorker […] Read more →

While modern conservation biology has produced great success stories of restored species and ecosystem functions […] Read more →

The article describes a new genus, Annakacygna (Aves, Anatidae, Cygnini) and two species of flightless swan […] Read more →

A short video by Idaho Fish and Game showing scientists studying swan health in the lower Couer d’Alene River Basin. […] Read more →

It is with great sadness that we share that Harry G. Lumsden, our Visionary and Mentor of the Ontario Trumpeter Swan Restoration Program passed away peacefully at home  […] Read more →

Final call for abstracts for the 7th International Swan Symposium/26th Conference of the Trumpeter Swan Society. […] Read more →

A short video of Trumpeter Swans and other waterfowl at Deer Parks Wildlife Mitigation Unit in eastern Idaho, USA. […] Read more →

Professor emeritus Arnthor Gardarsson, of the University of Iceland, passed away 1 January, 83 years old. […] Read more →

Following a serious illness, the prominent scientist and a world–famous specialist in the biodiversity protection Evgeny E. Syroechkovsky has passed away. […] Read more →

In February 2021, The IUCN-SSC Swan Specialist Group joined other conservation agencies and non-government organisations in writing to the Acting Secretary for the US Department of the Interior […] Read more →

The Scientific Committee now welcomes abstracts for presentations on any aspects of swan biology, ecology and conservation […] Read more →

The recent decades have seen the Bewick’s swan wintering distribution in Europe slowly shifting in northeastern direction […] Read more →

Newsletter of the Wetlands International / IUCN SSC Swan Specialist Group […] Read more →

This synchronous international survey is part of the long-term monitoring scheme coordinated by the Swan Specialist Group […] Read more →

The narrative at COP26 will be around mitigation and adaptation, and wetlands can play a part […] Read more →

GooseNews is the annual newsletter of WWT’s Goose & Swan Monitoring Programme (GSMP) […] Read more →

The Black-necked Swan Cygnus melancoryphus is an endangered species in Chile. After the Río Cruces ecological disaster in Valdivia in 2004 (due to installation of a new pulp mill) […] Read more →

On May 11, 2019, Sandra Lines, and I from Winona, MN, witnessed an unusual natural event in the Whitewater Wildlife Management Area near Weaver, MN […] Read more →

Yulia Leonova from the Nenetskiy Zapovednik nature reserve in north-western Russia has reported that the mass migration of Bewick’s swans from the arctic tundra has begun […] Read more →

to be held at the Snow King Resort in Jackson, Wyoming, USA 24 – 27 October 2022 […] Read more →

The migration routes and main sites used by migratory waterbirds have been studied in Europe and North America since the mid-20th century […] Read more →

“Tens of thousands of trumpeter swans once flourished in the Great Lakes region. But widespread hunting brought the birds to the brink of extinction” Read more →

Waterbirds in the UK presents the results of the annual wetland bird survey report […] Read more →

A flock of Bewick’s swans which had begun their epic migration from Slimbridge Wetland Centre in Gloucestershire to the Arctic tundra have turned back […] Read more →

The main purpose of many protected areas (PAs) is the long-term preservation of biodiversity and ecosystems […] Read more →

Many species of large herbivore, including swans, rely on agricultural land for their feeding habitats […] Read more →

The next international age assessment for the NW European Bewick’s swan population will be undertaken on 12/13 December 2020 […] Read more →

A huge step towards ending the suffering of millions of waterbirds from lead poisoning has been taken following a historic vote to ban lead shot in and around wetlands […] Read more →

Within waterbird assemblages, swans are well-known for showing aggression towards other waterbirds, including other swans […] Read more →

The Black-necked Swan Cygnus melancoryphus is an aquatic herbivorous bird, native of the southern tip of South America […] Read more →

Lead is one of the non-essential metals that can become a serious environmental threat to the human population and wildlife causing various toxic impairments and pathologies […] Read more →

Members of an EU Committee that deals with chemical hazards have until 15 July to vote on a proposal to restrict the use of lead shot in EU wetlands […] Read more →

“Return of the Swan” is a beautiful photo essay, timelapse and short film by Platte Basin Timelapse (PBT). The photo essay by Mike Forsberg showcases the conservation success story of Trumpeter swans […] Read more →

Two species of swans (Whooper Swan and Bewick’s Swan) migrate through Karelia, NW Russia. Their spring migrations were studied on farmland near the town of Olonets during the years 1997–2018. […] Read more →

Perceiving how animals adjust their feeding rate under a variety of environmental conditions and understanding the tradeoffs in their foraging strategies are necessary for conservation […] Read more →

The Swan Champions in the European Russian Arctic continue to organise impactful activities that celebrate Bewick’s swans and their wetland habitats and dissuade people from hunting this iconic species […] Read more →

In February a major survey was undertaken in the Volga Delta, Russia, aiming to assess the numbers of different swan species in the region […] Read more →

Spring has sprung and the Bewick’s are making excellent progress on their migration back to their breeding grounds in the Russian Arctic […] Read more →

Are street lights keeping Black Swans awake? Over the past 150 years, artificial light has dramatically transformed our night environment. Today, more than 80% of people live under skies that are unnaturally bright […] Read more →

Recent estimates of the world’s swan Cygnus sp. populations indicate that there are currently between 1.5-1.6 million birds in 8 species […] Read more →

Internationally coordinated censuses of the Northwest European Bewick’s Swan population have been undertaken across the swans’ European wintering range at approximately 5-year intervals […] Read more →

Around the weekend of 14/15 December the Swan Specialist Group held a coordinated count in Europe to find out how many cygnets were born this year. The NW European wintering population has been declining […] Read more →

In October 2018, over 100 swan researchers gathered in Tartu in Estonia for the 6th International Swan Symposium. We’re delighted that now some of the key research from that meeting has been published […] Read more →

Mute Swans Cygnus olor are at high risk from lead poisoning as they live in habitats where recreational coarse fishing occurs […] Read more →

Mortality due to collisions with power lines affects waterbirds around the world.  This includes impacts to swans.  The primary mechanism by which avian collisions are mitigated is […] Read more →

January 2020 sees the next of the 5-yearly International Bewick’s and Whooper Swan Censuses take place across northwest Europe […] Read more →

WWT’s centres provide some of the most important roost sites for the swans visiting Britain, with WWT Welney alone supporting more than 30% of Europe’s total population  […] Read more →

Bonn, 29 November 2018 – The Bewick’s Swan (Cygnus columbianus bewickii) is classed as “Least Concern” by IUCN (IUCN 2018), but it is in decline in NW Europe […] Read more →

In the weekend of 15-16 December 2018, The 37th annual Bewick’s Swan age count is held. We kindly invite you to participate in these international Bewick’s swan age and/or brood count […] Read more →

The presence of Mute Swans (Cygnus olor) in the Great Lakes region of North America serves as a visible reminder to our connected cultures, economies and world […] Read more →

Members of the Wetlands International / IUCN-SSC Swan Specialist Group (SSG) from Europe, Asia and North America came together to discuss the latest swan research and conservation activities […] Read more →

US Department of the Interior legal memorandum changes interpretation of incidental take in Migratory Bird Treaty Act […] Read more →

Russia’s skies to fill with snow-coloured swans signalling winter is on the way […] Read more →

Today, the reindeer breeders of the “Ilebts” community handed in a swan ring […] Read more →

The deadline for early bird registration is fast approaching! For a discount on your registration fee, make sure you register your attendance by 1 August 2018 […] Read more →

World Migratory Birds Day is celebrated every May. This year the State Nenetskiy Zapovednik (reserve) in the Russian Arctic dedicated the day to the Bewick’s swan […] Read more →

In August 2017, a team made up of staff from WWT and University College London (UCL) joined Russian colleagues on an expedition to the Russian tundra to catch and colour-ring Bewick’s Swans […] Read more

Last week, a workshop was held in Naryan-Mar in the Russian Arctic to plan activities that champion Bewick’s Swans and their wetland habitats and reduce their hunting. Creative and practical ideas were discussed with energy and enthusiasm in what was a very inspiring day […] Read more

Research is continuing to investigate the factors that affect the long-term persistence and resilience of Trumpeter Swan flocks in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem […] Read more

Trumpeter Swan survey reports and data are available […] Read more

We are delighted to announce that the 6th International Swan Symposium will be held at the Estonian University of Life Sciences, Tartu, Estonia, from 16–19 October 2018 […] Read more

As the festive season is upon us, we are still waiting for our annual ‘swan-fall’ here in the UK. On one or two days every winter, we are treated to the mass arrival of Bewick’s Swans from the Russian arctic […] Read more