tracking Trumpeter Swans
Speaker: Laura Kearns, ODNR
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Trumpeter Swans were reintroduced in Ohio in the mid-1990s, and although they are still state-listed, the population continues to increase and expand in the state. Ohio is currently participating in a multi-state project evaluating the movement ecology of the Interior Population of Trumpeter Swans and what factors determine migratory behaviors of the swans throughout the region. This talk will provide an update on the current status of Ohio’s trumpeter swan population and a preliminary report of 20 swans tracked in Ohio compared to other trumpeter swans in the Great Lakes region.
Dr. Laura Kearns has been a wildlife biologist with the Olentangy Research Station (Columbus) at the Ohio Division of Wildlife for 7 years. She oversees monitoring, research, and management of forest and wetland birds of greatest conservation need. Specific species or groups of species she works with include bald eagles, peregrine falcons, trumpeter swans, sandhill cranes, secretive marshbirds (bitterns, rails), and colonial waterbirds, including common terns.