The swan's location diary is located below the map.
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2003 - June 2, 2003: Boothia Peninsula, Nunavut. She
has moved 500 miles further north and is located near the Inuit
town of Taloyoak on the Boothia Peninsula. This peninsula
extends north into the Arctic Ocean with the Gulf of Boothia to
the east and Larsen Sound to the west. Similar to our other two
radio-equipped swans, she has returned to nest in the same area
that she did last year. We expect she will stay here all summer
to nest and raise her brood.
2003: Thaolintoa Lake in south-central Nunavut. The
swan has made a stop in central Nanavut, probably waiting for
warmer weather on the breeding grounds. She appears to be headed
towards the Boothia Peninsula where she nested last year.
2003 - May 24, 2003: Cedar Lake Manitoba. The swan
has left the prairies and is now in the boreal forest region of
Canada. This area is dotted with large lakes and coniferous
forest. Cedar Lake is located in west-central Manitoba just west
of Lake Winnipeg.
2003 - April 26, 2003: Prairie Pothole Region of North
Dakota. She has stopped near Grand Forks, North Dakota. The
Prairie Pothole Region is most noted as a waterfowl breeding
area, however, it is also an important staging area for
migrating swans. They are able to rest and replenish nutrient
reserves on the numerous small wetlands that dot the landscape.
She stopped in this same area on her spring migration last year.
2003: Lake Huron - Saginaw Bay Michigan. The marshes
of Saginaw Bay are known as a stopover area for migrating
waterfowl. Last year, this swan stopped near Long Point, on Lake
Ontario during her spring migration. This year, she seems to
have bypassed Lake Ontario and gone on to Lake Huron.
2003 - March 27, 2003: Lake Erie - Lake St. Claire - Lake
Huron. The Great Lakes is the first major staging area for
swans after leaving their wintering quarters. They gradually
move through the Great Lakes Region while waiting for winter to
clear further north. From here they shift their migration to a
more westerly track.
2003: Lake Erie near Long Point and Aylmer, Ontario.
She has made a big jump this time, moving over 400 miles to the
north shore of Lake Erie. Long Point is a well-know waterfowl
migration area and a good proportion of the swans that winter on
the East Coast stop here. They may stay for several weeks
building up energy reserves and waiting for the weather further
north to improve. Several of our radio-equipped swans have
stopped here during migration both in the spring and in the
fall. This swan stopped in this area during her spring migration
last year but bypassed Long Point on her way back south last
March 10, 2003:
Chesapeake Bay near Onemo, Virginia.
The swan has begun its migration back to the artic
starting with a small 100-mile hop from North Carolina to the
Chesapeake Bay. There
are several scattered flocks that use the Chesapeake Bay during
the winter and on their migration. They feed of submerged
aquatic vegetation such as wigeongrass or eelgrass, and
invertebrates in the shallows of the bay.
December 13, 2002 – March 6, 2003: Albemarle
Sound, North Carolina.
Another swan has bypassed Virginia and is wintering in
coastal North Carolina. She traveled approximately 500 miles
southeast from her last stop in the Midwest. This area of North
Carolina is a well-know wintering area for tundra swans with
some of the largest concentrations of birds along the east
coast. This swan
was caught on Popes Creek in Northern Virginia on March 14 of
possible that this was a swan that we caught while on its
migration north from Carolina last year.
However, there may be some swans that move to different
wintering areas from year to year depending on weather
conditions. One of
the objectives of this study is to assess site-fidelity, that
is, to see if the birds go to the same locations year after
October 9, 2002: South Knife Lake, Manitoba. This
swan has moved an additionally 300 miles south into Northern
Manitoba. This is the southern edge of the boreal forest. She
had traveled through this area during her spring migration. This
is her first long stopover since departing the artic in
September. This will give her and her cygnets a chance to rest
before continuing south through the prairies where they can take
shorter hops while feeding on the nutrient rich wetlands and
30, 2002: Southeast Nunavut, west of Kaminak Lake.
The swan has left her nesting area on the Boothia Peninsula on
the start of winter migration and has traveled 500 miles south.
She is located about 100 miles west of the Hudson Bay coast and
120 miles north of the Manitoba border, in the Province of
Nunavut. This is a slightly more easterly route through the
tundra than she took on her way north.
June 10 -
September 26, 2002: Boothia Peninsula, Nunavut. This
swan has remained in the same general location on the Boothia
Peninsula for the entire breeding season. Similar to the other two
radio-equipped swans in the central arctic, she has not started
moving south yet. The two radioed swans that nested in the western
arctic just started moving south within the last week or so.
2002: Boothia Peninsula, Nunavut. She has moved 220
miles further north and is located near the Inuit town of Taloyoak
on the Boothia Peninsula. This peninsula extends north into the
Arctic Ocean with the Gulf of Boothia to the east and Larsen Sound
to the west. Weather reports from this area indicate it was a very
late spring here this year. She will need to begin nesting very
soon in order to hatch and fledge a brood before things freeze
back up again this fall.
2002: Central Arctic, Nunavut (Northwest Territories).
She moved ~600 miles north and is located east of the Queen Maud
Gulf Bird Sanctuary in the Keewatin District of Northwest
Territories. She is now in arctic tundra habitat along the Back
River drainage. She is also about 200 miles east of swan #33892.
2002: Northern Manitoba. She moved 200 miles northeast
into northern Manitoba. She is located on the southern edge of the
boreal forest and appears to be headed for the central arctic like
2002: West-Central Manitoba. She moved 550 miles
northwest to the northern end of Lake Winnipegosis. Swan #33892
was also located here in early May but has since moved north to
Lake Athabasca. This area contains a wide diversity of wetland
habitats including small ponds and lakes, and large lakeshore
marshes. She has stayed in this area for nearly 4 weeks. She is
probably waiting for the weather to clear and for the ice to melt
further north so she can resume her migration.
2002: Eastern North Dakota. She has moved 50 miles west
to the North Dakota-Minnesota border and is located in the Red
River Valley just north of Fargo, North Dakota. Many of the other
radio-equipped swans have moved through or are currently located
in this same general area. This swan moved north up the valley
between April 21-30 but did not leave the area until early May.
2002: Western Minnesota. She has moved 750 miles WNW
and is located in western Minnesota, south of Fergus Falls. She is
probably on her way to the Red River Valley, just 50 miles further
west, where many of our other swans have stopped.
April 4, 2002: Southern Ontario. The swan has finally
moved out of Virginia, and is located 350 miles to the northwest
near the town of Woodstock in Southern Ontario, Canada. She is
only about 35 miles north of Long Point, Ontario where two of our
other swans (33888, 33892) are located. The fact that several of
our swans have stopped here highlights the importance of this area
to migrating waterfowl.
2002: Popes Creek, Virginia. The swan is still in the
Potomac River area near the place it was captured. The other three
swans that were captured here (33888, 33892, 33894) have all gone
north and are now in the Great Lakes Region.
2002: Popes Creek, Virginia. This swan was caught near
George Washington’s Birthplace National Monument in Westmoreland
County. She was caught relatively late in the winter season. A
number of swans have already left this area and started their
migration north. We’re not sure how much of the winter season she
spent on the creek. She could have been here all winter, or she
may have come here from an area further south.