The swan's location diary is located below the map.
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2003 - June 6, 2003: Prince Albert Sound, Queen Victoria
Island, Nunavut, Canada. She has completed the last 600-mile
leg of her migration back to the artic. Like our other 2
radio-equipped swans, she has made the return journey to nest at
the same location where she nested in 2002. Swan #33892 also
came here to Victoria Island to nest in 2002. Unfortunately, the
radio on swan #33892 is no longer working and we don't know if
she has returned.
2003 - May 26, 2003: Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.
The swan has moved about 250 miles north to Great Slave Lake.
This glaciated lake is also a major staging area for swans
returning to their tundra nesting grounds. Great Slave lake is
the largest lake in the Northwest Territories and one of the
deepest in North America. This area also marks the transition
zone between the boreal forest to the south and the tundra
habitat to the north.
2003 - May 9, 2003: Northwest Saskatchewan - Northeast
Alberta. She has made a big jump traveling nearly 600 miles
northwest to the south end of Lake Athabasca. This has been a
common staging area for a number of our radio-equipped swans.
This bird stopped here last year on May 21, 2002. Like swan
#888, the timing of her migration appears to be about a week or
more ahead of her migration from last year.
2003: Southeast Saskatchewan near Algrove. The swan
has moved another 250 miles northwest and crossed into the
Canadian prairies. Still in the Prairie Pothole Region, the
marshes of this area provide a smorgasbord of aquatic vegetation
and invertebrate foods.
2003 - April 27, 2003: Devil's Lake, North Dakota. A
large marsh complex situated in the heart of the "duck
factory", Devil's Lake is important for both nesting and
staging waterfowl. A number of state and federal wildlife
refuges and management areas are located in this vicinity, an
indication of the importance of this habitat to waterfowl.
2003 - April 11, 2003: Minnesota - South Dakota - North
Dakota Border. She is continuing to move west into the
prairie pothole area. Many of our swans stop here along the Red
River Valley in the fall to feed in the large agricultural
fields. In the spring, swans stop in these nutrient rich
wetlands to obtain energy for migration and protein and nutrient
reserves for egg laying and nesting.
2003: Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron. She has made a short
hop to the west and stopped near Saginaw Bay, Michigan. Other
radio-equipped swans have also stopped here on their northward
migration. In her migration last year, however, this swan
stopped on the eastern side of Lake Huron and did not appear to
make a stop on the western side where she is currently located.
2003 - March 25, 2003: Lake Erie. She was located on
the south side of Lake Erie along the NY-PA border and then
crossed over to the north side along the Ontario, Canada
shoreline. The marshes and shallow water areas along the Great
Lake are important to many species of waterfowl. Swans and
diving ducks such as Canvasback and Scaup take advantage of the
aquatic vegetation and invertebrate foods that can be found in
2003: Near Erie, Pennsylvania and Lake Erie. This
swan has moved 300 miles northwest to the south shore of Lake
Erie, and is located near the New York/Pennsylvania border. One
of our other radio-equipped swans is located just southwest of
here near Pymatuning, PA, and another swan is located across
Lake Erie from here at Long Point, Ontario. From here, this swan
should shift its migration track westward to the Prairie Pothole
March 13, 2003:
Pope’s Creek -Northern Neck of Virginia. The swan was captured last year on this same creek.
This year fewer swans wintered on Popes Creek; however, this
area seems to be a staging area before swans start heading
March 3, 2003 – March 9, 2003:
Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck of Virginia.
has returned to the Rappahannock River, near Occupacia Creek
where she has spent much of this winter.
February 20, 2003: Cobb Island, Maryland. Our swan made a brief trip across the Potomac River to
Maryland. There are small scatter flocks of tundra swans along
Maryland’s Potomac River.
23, 2002 – February 19, 2003: Middle Peninsula-Northern
Neck of Virginia. The
swan is spending most of its time on the Rappahannock River
between Tappahannock and Port Royal.
However, she is also spending some time between Popes
Creek, were she was captured, and Nomini Creek on the Northern
Neck. Our radio
telemetry work has shown that swans wintering in this part
Virginia often move back and forth between the Potomac and
Rappahannock River drainages.
They use the large open-water rivers to roost, and feed
in the agricultural fields on the Northern Neck and Middle
13, 2002: Bismarck, North Dakota. She has followed
the Missouri River Valley 100 miles southeast to the area near
Long Lake National Wildlife Refuge, about 25 miles east of
Bismarck, ND. From here she will probably start heading east
toward Minnesota and the Great Lakes.
2002: Makati, North Dakota. The swan traveled
approximately 100 miles southeast crossing the U.S./ Canada
border to an area southeast of Minot, ND. She is located along
the Missouri River Valley near Lake Sakakwea. She appeared to
make a series of short flights through the Prairie Pothole
regions stopping for a few days here and there. These stops
should have given her and her cygnets a chance to feed on the
nutrient rich wetlands and agricultural fields in this region.
2002: Colgate, Saskatchewan. She moved an additional
200 miles southeast and is located south of Weyburn, Sask. about
30 miles north of the Montana/North Dakota border. This swan is
taking a more westerly migration route than she took on her
migration north to the nesting ground.
26 - September 30 2002: West of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
The next good location we received from this swan was in
south-central Saskatchewan, 1,200 miles south of its nesting
grounds. The swan left the tundra, passed through the boreal
forest and now is moving through the Prairie Pothole Region.
This area of small wetlands and small grain agricultural fields
is not only important as a stop over area for migrating
waterfowl but is also called the "Duck Factory" as
many of North America's ducks are produced here.
June 11 -
September 18, 2002: Victoria Island, Northwest
Territories. She has remained in the same area for the entire
nesting season. We assume that she, and all our other radio
equipped swans, nested and now have broods. Another one of our
radio equipped swans (#33892), and a swan that was radioed in
North Carolina, have spent the nesting season on the eastern side
of Victoria Island. None of these birds has started their
migration south yet.
2002: Victoria Island, Northwest Territories. She moved
650 miles due north and crossed Coronation Gulf onto Victoria
Island. She is located on the west side of the island on the edge
of Prince Albert Sound. Another swan (#33892) is located on the
east side of Victoria Island. Interior areas of Victoria Island
may remain covered with ice and snow for another couple weeks but
the coastal areas where the swans are should have nesting sites
available by now.
2002: Nunavut (Northwest Territories). She moved 200
miles due north and is located on the east side of Great Slave
Lake in the southern portion of Nunavut. Swan #33420 also stopped
at Great Slave Lake but moved further north a week or so ago.
2002: Northeastern Alberta. The swan has made her way
up to the west side of Lake Athabasca, 150 miles northwest of her
location on May 17. Lake Athabasca is an important staging area as
several of our other swans (#33887, 33888, 33892) are here or have
stopped here on their migration north. The lake is 208 miles long
by 32 miles wide with a maximum depth of 407 feet. Wood Buffalo
National Park is located along the west side of the lake and is
known for it's nesting population of the endangered whooping
2002: Northwestern Saskatchewan. The next location
received from this swan is 400 miles to the northwest near the
town of Pine River, Saskatchewan. She has moved out of the Prairie
Pothole Region and into the Temperate Forest. Her migration route
is tracking similar to several other radio-equipped swans but she
does not appear to be traveling with any of them.
2002: Central Saskatchewan, Canada. She moved another
220 miles northwest across the Canadian border and into
Saskatchewan. She is located in the transition zone between the
Prairie Pothole Region and the Temperate Forest zone where the
grasslands are interspersed with aspen thickets. Wetlands in this
area include both prairie potholes and larger permanent lakes.
Northern North Dakota. She moved another 60 miles north and
is located near Rock Lake, just south of the Manitoba border. She
has moved slowly north through North Dakota probably in response
to weather and ice conditions.
Eastern North Dakota. The swan moved 120 miles northwest
into North Dakota and is located about 20 miles west of Fargo. She
is 20-30 miles west of some of our other swans that are using the
Red River Valley. She is in the Prairie Pothole Region and has
moved between Fargo and the Devils Lake area during the past week.
2002: Western Minnesota. She moved 675 miles west and
is located in western Minnesota near the town of Willmar.
March 21 –
April 6, 2002: Lake Huron. She moved 100 miles
northwest and is now located on the east side of Lake Huron near
the town of Bayfield, Ontario. Swan #33892 is also located in the
same general vicinity. The two swans both stopped at Lake Erie and
then moved on to Lake Huron. They do not appear to be traveling
together, however, as their arrival and departure times have been
2002: Long Point, Ontario. The swan has left its
wintering quarters in Virginia and has started on its northern
migration. Similar to swans 33888 and 33892, this swan has moved
350 miles northwest and stopped near Long Point, Ontario. Swans
that winter in other states along the East Coast follow this same
route, and many stop here at Long Point on the north side of Lake
2002: Popes Creek, Virginia. The swan has remained in
the Potomac River region near the place it was captured, feeding
in shallow tidal-water flats and roosting on the open water in the
creek and in the Potomac River.
2002: Captured on Popes Creek, Virginia. This swan was
caught near George Washington’s Birthplace National Monument in
Westmoreland County. Over 600 tundra swans have spent the winter
in this small inlet off the Potomac River, feeding on submerged
aquatic plants and invertebrates in this tidal creek.