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Tundra Swans with blue neck bands from Alaska

Tundra Swans were marked in Western and Northern Alaska in the summers of 2006-2010 with coded neck bands as part of an effort to learn more about the timing of migration and movements relative to breeding area.

Neck bands have a four-digit code that begins with a letter, and are read from bottom to top. Bands are blue with white digits, except codes T3##, which are white with black digits.

Marking Location Codes

No. Collared

2006 - 2008 2009 2010 Total
Yukon Delta K### 227 100 0 327
Alaska Peninsula (North) N### --- --- 52 52
Alaska Peninsula (North) P### 148 105 51 304
Alaska Peninsula (South) T4## 155 --- 101 256
Koyukuk Drainage T213-228 16 --- --- 16
  U075-U120, U390-U399 51 --- --- 51
North Slope T201-212, T3## 84 --- --- 58
Kotzebue Sound U### 390 197 197 784
Totals   1045 402 401 1873

In 2008, 50 swans were implanted with satellite transmitters, many of which are still functioning.  Birds with transmitters were not collared, but have a black antenna exiting near the base of the tail.  The movements of these swans can be followed at our web site: http://alaska.usgs.gov/science/biology/avian_influenza/TUSW/index.php

PLEASE REPORT ANY OBSERVATIONS TO YOUR LOCAL CONSERVATION OFFICER, OR  TO:

swan graphicCraig Ely
Alaska Science Center
4210 University Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone: (907) 786-7182
email: cely@usgs.gov

WE WILL PROVIDE ALL OBSERVERS WITH A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE BANDED SWAN THEY OBSERVED.
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