The mission of The Trumpeter Swan Society is to assure the vitality and welfare of wild Trumpeter Swans.  Since 1968 we have worked to restore Trumpeters over much of their historic range. The staff, Board and growing public membership includes most of the world’s Trumpeter Swan experts.  We advocate for habitat and management needs of this magnificent species and have influenced every major conservation and restoration effort. The TTSS website archives Society newsletters (Trumpetings) and its scientific publication (North American Swans).  It catalogs an impressive number of swan-related resources and links.  Trumpeter Swans are unique to North America and while recovery is strong in some populations, others still face critical threats. A volunteer monitoring project for birders in the U.S. and Canada who wish to contribute field time is currently under development. Members can access professional expertise, attend conferences, assist with field work as volunteers and support swan research.  Three of us write for this blog – our Executive Director is John Cornley, Ruth Shea is a contributing Director-at-Large and Peg Abbott is Membership and Outreach Coordinator. We’d like to hear from you. 


21 Responses to “About”

  1. Kathy Hopper Says:

    Dear Society Editor,

    When I was researching Trumpeter Swans for a children’s book that is now finished, this site was very helpful. It’s a true story(except the boy’s father wasn’t the veterinarian).

    “Blackie” has not yet been published. I’d like to send the Society a copy of the manuscript to see if it would blend in with your publictions.

    Thank you for your time and consideration.

    Kathy Hopper
    231 238-4216

  2. John Cornley Says:

    I simply write to say, I am John Cornley too!
    As I have never met another John Cornley and as I am involved in outdoor adventure and environmental awareness projects for youg people in the UK and China, I thought it would be the right thing to do to make contact.
    Best wishes

  3. Renee Thompson Says:

    …and today I learned, via FaceBook, of The Trumpeter Society Blog. Thanks for enlightening, John. I am officially a fan!

  4. All-seeing Cuttlefish Says:


    I spotted a pair of Trumpeter swans at the Tiny Marsh in Simcoe County, Ontario this afternoon. One of them had a yellow tag that had E12 in black written on it. I took some photos of them, two of which can be found on my website (http://www.flickr.com/photos/allseeingcuttlefish/). Are you who I should report this to?


  5. Andy Ervin Says:

    A nesting pair of trumpeting swans was located on a wetland adjacent to the Big Mill trout stream, just west of Belleview Iowa. They were vigorously chasing canadian geese from their nesting area. I witnessed this 4-26-10. They both had stained orange upper neck and heads from the iron rich water.

  6. Jill Ramsay Says:

    We are fortunate to have a thriving population of trumpeters at Bluffer’s Park in Ontario, Canada. Up till now only one pair has been breeding (highly successfully, rearing five or more cygnets each season), but I think another pair has taken part of the territory now and may breed next year with luck. One is tagged – 508 – and the other is not. I would love to know if 508 is the male or female. Is there a way I can tell?


  7. Anastassiya Says:


    I am not sure this is something that you as Society can look into, but in our pond in Maple Glen park in Maple, Ontario, there is one swan that has not left the pond and we are concerned that he may freeze. I had called Toronto Wildlife and they assessed the situation and said that at this point it was not possible to move him. If there is someone who can assist or knows someone who could, please reply to this email. Thank you, Anastassiya

    • trumpeterswansociety Says:

      Thank you for your note. I will pass this along to our contacts, who not in Toronto but will know people who may be able to help. TWC Wildlife Hotline: (416) 631- 0662. Is this the organization you contacted? They do a superb job, and I hope they can help – try them again if this has not been resolved, they may help find someone if they cannot do it. Peg Abbott, TTSS

  8. Carolyn Fox Says:

    How do I find information about a tagged trumpeter swan that has been frequenting a lake in Missouri this winter? The number 5H8 is in white letters on a red neck collar. Any information would be appreciated. Thanks.

    • trumpeterswansociety Says:

      The permit for that combination #H#, a red collar is for Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri, I expect it’s an Iowa bird and will send it on to the biologist of Iowa Department of Naturalist Resources. If he knows the bird he will reply. To know the full origin, the best idea would be to send it to the Banding Lab (which is always a good idea) and they will send you a certificate of appreciation with data on your bird.
      This is the link to report there.

      Thanks for your sighting!
      Peg Abbott, TTSS Outreach Coordinator

  9. Carla Says:

    Do you know where I might find information on people wanting to acquire swans? We have a pair of swans that are extremely successful at breeding. We are required by our permit to clip their wings (so they can’t fly away). We don’t know what to do – let them continue to reproduce or pick up their eggs. The thought of picking up their eggs saddens me.

  10. J. R. Lince-Hopkins Says:


  11. Cathy. Drown Says:

    Swan with yellow tag syders flats bloomingdale on apr 28 2012

  12. Michael Jones Says:

    Hello , I am with a environmental group in Burlington and I’m trying to get a hold of Beverly Kingdon. Would you be able to forward my contact information to her . thank you Michael Jones Burlington Green

    • trumpeterswansociety Says:

      Hi Mike: I have done that. Beverly is in contact with someone at Burlingtongreen.
      Kyna, Ontario Trumpeter Swan Restoration

  13. Sara Says:

    Hi, I am writing to enquire about Trumpeter Swans. There are several pairs that come to the ponds near where I live in the Southern part of the City of Kawartha Lakes, between Bethany and Pontypool, Ontario. Our area is in the mist of fighting to stop industrial size wind turbines from being placed on the Oak Ridges Morain and just a few hundred yards from Fleetwood Conservation lands (where the swans come to). Knowing these large birds are attracted to the updraft from the turbines and will ultimatley meet their death, is this of concern to your organization? It is a grave concern of mine.

  14. Jodie Hailey Says:

    I went out today to a pond behind our house in Culpeper, Virginia. It was extremely cold and snowy here last night so i was getting photos of the swans and geese on the pond. There are literally hundreds. Upon my reviewing my images, I realized there were 2 collared trumpeter swans out there. the number on the collars read P### and they seemed to be silver with black letters. I was wondering where i needed to report them. I have great pictures of them as well and would love to know their history. Thanks for the info.

  15. Ontario Trumpeter Swan Restoration Says:

    Hi Carol: Could you please contact me at kynadawn@hotmail.com with some more information about this bird?
    Kyna, Ontario Trumpeter Swan Restoration

  16. Barb Hayes Says:

    Hi…haven’t done this before but wanted to let you know that T. Swan # J86 has been on our waterfront for the last couple of days…he looks wonderful & healthy…we are on Stoney Lake, South Bay in the Kawarathas in Ontario.

    • Ontario Trumpeter Swan Restoration Says:

      Hi Barb: Thank you for reporting J86, it is a male, hatched in 2011 at Sturgeon Lake, to parents 902 & 131. He is part of a record family of 10 cygnets, which were marked J80 – J89 when they arrived at LaSalle Park in Burlington for the winter. We just got a sighting of him at Kasshabog Lake in the Kawarthas in April 19th. You are welcome to join our Ontario Trumpeter Swans Facebook group. Could you email me at kynadawn@hotmail.com with a GPS location for your sighting of J86? This is a good website to find that information: http://itouchmap.com/latlong.html
      Kyna, Ontario Trumpeter Swan Restoration

  17. Teresa Nelson Says:

    We have a trumpeter signet that has a hurt wing that has been left behind by its family that has flown south for the winter. We are located on a small lake in south central alaska. The signet appears healthy, but is unable to fly. A portion of the wing appears to be missing . How do we find a place that will take this swan and keep it? We have been told that if it can’t be rehabilitated it would have to be put down . We are hoping to catch it and find a home for it before the lake freezes. Thank you for your help . Teresa

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