Like many of you, I was interested in learning more about this banded Mute Swan M011, the subject of yesterday’s blog post. It was the first banded wild bird I’ve ever seen – talk about being at the right place at the right time, so this event makes up for my unsuccessful participation in “The Great Backyard Bird Count” last month.
Here’s some information I have gleaned. I was surprised to learn that Ms. Swan has been wearing that neck collar for nearly eight years:
The Mute Swan was captured and neck collared for identification as part of Ph.D. research with Michigan State University. The goal of this research is to understand the movement and survival of Mute Swans in Michigan and is being conducted in partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services. The outcomes of this research will inform management strategies for Mute Swans in Michigan and across the United States.
As part of the research, neck collars were placed on select Mute Swans in several areas of the state during the summer of 2014. They will be continuing to mark and monitor Mute Swans across the state for the next few years.
Mute Swan M011 was captured and banded in August of 2014 about sixty miles from here at St. Clair Flats State Wildlife Area (Harsens Island, Michigan).
There was also a website to submit information on many species of banded birds. It is the Federal Bird Banding Laboratory (a/k/a Patuxent Research Refuge Bird Banding Laboratory), so I filled out the form and their requested criteria about M011 and submitted three photos. For my submission, I will receive a Certificate of Appreciation.