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The Trumpeter Swan Society Announces Fifth International Swan Symposium: Call for Papers – Deadline 21st July 2013

May 12, 2013
Trumpeter Swan by John VanOrman

Trumpeter Swan by John VanOrman

The Trumpeter Swan Society announces the 5th International Swan Symposium of the IUCN-SSC/Wetlands International Swan Specialist Group, being held in conjunction with the 23rd Conference of the Trumpeter Swan Society: Easton, Maryland 3 – 6 February 2014. Following the first announcement of the meeting, the Scientific Committee is calling for additional abstracts from those interested in presenting talks and/or posters.  .

Abstracts both for oral and for poster presentations should be of up to 500 words (max) and should be submitted to Eileen Rees, Scientific Coordinator for the symposium, by email ( The abstract should include the names of co-authors, their email addresses, the postal address of the correspondence author, and details of student status (if applicable). For oral presentations, it is assumed that the correspondence author would be giving the talk, but this can be finalized in the weeks prior to the meeting.

Presentations can be on any aspect of swan research, and sessions will be grouped in accordance with the abstracts received, but we particularly encourage contributions on the following topics:

  • Migration strategies
  • Adaptation to changing environmental conditions
  • Threats faced by swan populations
  • Long-term population trends and distribution
  • Policy and management of swan populations

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 21st July 2013.

They will then be assessed by the Scientific Committee of the symposium, for approval for presentation at the meeting.

Authors will be informed whether their presentations have been accepted by 15th September 2013.  The duration of talks and guidelines for preparation of posters will be provided at that time.

If you have any queries regarding the Call for Papers, please contact Eileen Rees. Plans are being developed to publish a symposium proceedings; further information will be provided in due course.

Meanwhile, we look forward to receiving the Abstracts in the coming months.

Eileen Rees, John Cornely, Bart Nolet, Chris Perrins, Ma Ming and Scott Petrie

The Scientific Committee for the 5th ISS

Saving Yellowstone’s Swans – A New Chapter Begins

May 26, 2011

Yellowstone Trumpeter Pair by Jess Lee

A Report from the Field, from Ruth Shea

Yellowstone National Parkplayed a crucial role in the 1930s in preventing the extinction of Trumpeter Swans in the lower 48 states.  At their peak in the 1970s, over 50 Trumpeters summered in the Park and there were about 20 nesting territories.  Now, after a decline spanning over 30 years, only a handful of swans still summer in the Park and only one nesting pair remains.  In an effort to examine all possible options for saving Yellowstone’s swans, the National Park Service (NPS) convened about 30 swan, waterfowl, and wetland experts for a 2-day workshop, April 26-27, 2011 in Bozeman, Montana.

Having studied Yellowstone’s swans for my Master’s thesis in the 1970s, and now coordinating TTSS’s Greater Yellowstone Initiative, this issue has great personal interest to me. I attended the workshop on behalf of TTSS and made the opening presentation summarizing the history of the Park’s swans.  The reasons for the decline are complex and it was wonderful that the NPS brought so many scientists to contemplate the problems and possible solutions.

While there may be other unknown factors involved in the decline, my research indicates that human disturbance, dating back to the 1930s, has played a major role in damaging nesting success and eliminating nesting swans from preferred habitats in the park.  Coupled with the disruption of the swan families’ traditional patterns of habitat use and possible genetic problems, maintaining nesting Trumpeters inYellowstoneis a very difficult challenge.

TTSS commends the NPS for its efforts to improve this very difficult situation and we look forward to providing all possible assistance to the NPS.  Please see our next issue of Trumpetings, the Society’s publication for members, for further detail.

Yukon’s CELEBRATION of SWANS: Call for Poster Artwork (deadline Feb. 11, 2011)

January 30, 2011

Yukon’s CELEBRATION of SWANS: Call for Poster Artwork (Deadline Feb. 11, 2011)

This year, Yukon’s premiere bird festival will take place April 16-24, 2011. Last year broke all records as nearly 2500 Trumpeter Swans arrived at Marsh Lake and M’Clintock Bay in time for April’s Celebration of Swans. Each year, the festival brings residents and visitors alike out to great swan viewing areas. Yukon’s Trumpeters spend the winter in British Columbia and return north as the lakes thaw. Many of the events take place at the impressive Swan Haven Interpretation Centre 30 minutes south of Whitehorse (867-667-8291).  Keep current on plans for this year’s festival at Environment Yukon’s: Celebration of Swans website.

2011 Celebration of Swans Poster Contest:

A Note from Carrie McClelland, one of the Celebration coordinators

Hello artists!   It’s time once again to search for a great image for the 2011 Celebration of Swans poster. Every year we print hundreds of these posters and they go up in homes and businesses all over the territory (and some around the world!).  They have become a collectible item and Yukon Gallery estimates about 2 dozen come in each year to get framed!

If you have any swan- or spring-related art you would like to submit to this year’s contest, I would love to see it.  The deadline is February 11th – FIRM – and all mediums of art are accepted.  Just take a high quality picture of your piece and send it to me and I will print it out for our judges to see. 

View previous posters HERE. 

Carrie can be reached at

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Mail: Wildlife Viewing (V-5N)

Box 2703, Whitehorse, YT