Swan Count 2021

January 1, 2021 - January 31, 2021 at 8:00 am - 11:00 am

“Seven Swans a Swimming” | Steve Alboucq

It’s encouraging to know that overall, the trumpeter and tundra swan populations continue to grow in the greater Puget Sound region. Documenting their wintering populations provides meaningful data for WDFW to measure this conservation success story.

Every year, on a winter’s day, our volunteers help us gather a “snapshot” of the swan population in the San Juan archipelago. This independent volunteer event is normally scheduled in mid-January (the date is yet to be determined). If you are interested in participating, please sign up here and more information will be emailed to you.

To help with our count this year, we are asking all islanders (especially folks on Orcas): Where have you historically seen swans IN JANUARY? Often they move into fields later in the winter, and off the ponds/lakes where we usually search. We are very interested in gathering reports of them using fields— so we have a better idea of where to send volunteers in January. If you have any information that could help us keep track of their winter movements, please email Kathleen Foley Lewis at kathleenf@sjpt.org.