I have been asked to forward this note on to various birding
communities around the western states. Thanks for your help and for
keeping your eyes open,
From: Idaho Department of Fish and Game
Re: Trumpeter Swan Observations
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is once again asking for your
help in looking for collared swans. Budget cuts have reduced the
Departments ability to hire personnel designated to look for collared
swans. Federal and other state agencies have experienced similar
cutbacks therefore routine swan surveys will be greatly reduced this year.
Almost 400 trumpeter swans in southeastern Idaho were collared during
the winters of 2001-2004. Trumpeters have also been collared in
surrounding states and in several Canadian provinces. The survival and
movements of these collared swans provide biologists with information
critical to the management and conservation of trumpeters range wide.
Neck collars are 3-4" tall and can be green, yellow, red, white, or
many other colors depending on collar age and color fading. All
collars have an alpha numeric code. Some collars may also have a radio
and antennae attached.
Project cooperators are asking that the all collared trumpeter swans
be reported to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game at phone:
208-525-7290, or by e-mail to Lauri Hanauska-Brown at
. Please be sure to include in your report:
collar color, alpha numeric code if possible, location of observation,
date and your contact information.
Your cooperation is greatly appreciated!