This section contains information on recent publications and other works of interest to the group.  Please note that this list is not exhaustive and will be updated with further material as it is highlighted to us.

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Kistler, W. M., Stallknecht, D. E., Lebarbenchon, C., Pedersen, K., Marks, D. R., Mickley, R., DeLiberto, T. J. & Yabsley, M. J. 2015. Influenza A Virus H5–specific Antibodies in Mute Swans (Cygnus olor) in the USA. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 51(2):523–526.

Suggett, G., Goldsborough, G. & the Delta History Group. 2015. Delta: A Prairie Marsh and Its People. 320 pages. ISBN 978–0–921950–51–6 (hardcover). (Important waterfowl and wetlands research area, including some of the first captive breeding of Trumpeter Swans Cygnus buccinator here.)

Taylor, C. (2015) Assessment of landscape features and mitigation measures affecting the risk of birds colliding with power lines in the northwest of England. MRes thesis. Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK.

van Dongen, W., Robinson, R., Weston, M., Mulder, R., & Guay, P.–J. 2015. Variation at the DRD4 locus is associated with wariness and local site selection in urban black swans. BMC Evolutionary Biology 15:253.

Wood, K.A., Stillman, R.A., Daunt, F. & O’Hare, M.T. (2015) The swan grazing conflict in chalk rivers. In: S.M. Redpath, R.J. Gutierrez, K.A. Wood & J.C. Young (eds), Conflicts in Conservation: Navigating towards solutions. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 134–136.


Beemster, N. & Klop, E. (2014) Risk assessment of the Black swan (Cygnus atratus) in the Netherlands. A&Wreport 1978. Altenburg & Wymenga ecologisch onderzoek, Feanwâlden the Netherlands.

Boiko, D., Kampe-Persson, H. & Mork?nas, J. (2014) Breeding Whooper Swans Cygnus cygnus in the Baltic states, 1973–2013: result of a re-colonisation. Wildfowl. 64, pp 207–216.

Choney, G.E., McMahon, K., Lavery, P.S. & Collier, N. (2014) Swan grazing on seagrass: abundance but not grazing pressure varies over an annual cycle in a temperate estuary. Marine and Freshwater Research.  65, pp.738–749.

Christmas, S.E., Scott, K., Gray, S., Brides, K,. Findlay, C. & Hatton, W.J. (2014) Movements of ringed Mute Swans Cygnus olor across the Irish Sea. Ringing & Migration. 29, pp.41–43.

Cockrell, L. E. 2014. Landsat Evaluation Of Trumpeter Swan Historical Nesting Sites In Yellowstone National Park. MSc. thesis, Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky, USA.

Coleman, J.T. (2014) Breeding biology of the Black Swan Cygnus atratus in southeast Queensland, Australia. Wildfowl. 64, pp.217–230.

Dudzik K., Polakowski M., Wilniewczyc, P., Kaczorowski, G., Sułek, J. & Dobosz R. (2014). Population of the Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus in the Świętokrzyskie region (SE Poland) at the beginning of the 21st century. Chrońmy Przyrodę Ojczystą 70 (1): 32–48.

Ely, C. R., Franson, J. C. 2014. Blood lead concentrations in Alaskan tundra swans: linking breeding and wintering areas with satellite telemetry. Ecotoxicology 23(3):349–56.

Ely, C.R., Sladen, W.J.L., Wilson, H.M., Savage, S.E., Sowl, K.M., Henry, B., Schwitters, M. & Snowdon, J. (2014) Delineation of Tundra Swan Cygnus c. columbianus populations in North America: geographic boundaries and interchange. Wildfowl. 64, pp.132–147.

Gayet, G., Guillemain, M., Defos du Rau, P. & Grillas, P. (2014) Effects of Mute Swans on wetlands: a synthesis. Hydrobiologia. 723, pp.195–204.

Griffin, L., Rees, E. & Hughes, B. (2014) Tracking Bewick’s Swan migration in relation to offshore and onshore wind farm sites in Europe. WWT Report to the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge, Gloucester.

Hindman, L.J. & Tjaden, R.L. (2014) Awareness and opinions of Maryland citizens toward Chesapeake Bay Mute Swans Cygnus olor and management alternative. Wildfowl. 64, pp.167–85.

Hindman, L.J., Harvey IV, W.F. & Conley, L.E. (2014) Spraying corn oil on Mute Swan Cygnus olor eggs to prevent hatching. Wildfowl. 64, pp.186–196.

Looft, J. A. 2014.Estimating Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) Populations in Alberta and Response to Disturbance. M. Sc. Thesis, Univ. Alberta.

Luigujõe, L. (2014) Väikeluige (Cygnus columbianus bewickii Yarr.) kaitse tegevuskava. Keskkonnaamet, Tallinn, Estonia. pp 38.

Musilová, Z., Musil, P., Zouhar, J., Bejček, V., Šťastný, K. & Hudec, K. 2014. Numbers of wintering waterbirds in the Czech Republic: long–term and spatial–scale approaches to assess population size. Bird Study 61(3)321–331. (data on Mute Swan Cygnus olor, Bewick’s Swan C. columbinaus bewickii and Whooper Swan C. cygnus).

Nilsson, L. (2014) Long-term trends in the number of Whooper Swans Cygnus cygnus breeding and wintering in Sweden. Wildfowl. 64, pp.197–206.

Perry, L. 2014. Mute Swans, iconic and under attack! The Osprey March/April 2014— Vol. 39 No. 2 Pp 1, 5. (Popular account of Mute Swan Cygnus olor control programs in New York State, USA.)

Nolet, B.A., Kölzsch, A., Oosterbeek, K. & de Vries, P.P. (2014) Stopover sites of Bewick’s Swans Cygnus bewickii identified with GPS loggers. Limosa. 87, pp.149– 155.

Nuijten, R.J.M., Kölzsch, A., van Gils, J.A., Hoye, B.J., Oosterbeek, K., de Vries, P.P., Klaassen, M. & Nolet, B.A. (2014) The exception to the rule: retreating ice front makes Bewick’s swans Cygnus columbianus bewickii migrate slower in spring than in autumn. Journal of Avian Biology. 45, pp.113–122.

Shimada, T, Yamaguchi, N.M., Hijikata, N., Hiraoka, E., Hupp, J. W., Flint, P.L., Tokita, K., Fujita, G., Uchida, K., Sato, F., Kurechi, M., Pearce, J.M., Ramey, A.M. & Higuchi, H. (2014) Satellite tracking of migrating Whooper Swans Cygnus cygnus wintering in Japan. Ornithological Science. 13, pp.67–75.

Solovyeva, D. & Vartanyan, S. (2014) Aspects of the breeding biology of Bewick’s Swans Cygnus columbianus bewickii nesting in high densities in the Chaun River delta, Chukotka, east Russia. Wildfowl. 64, pp.148–166.

Spaeth, K. 2014. Reproductive success of Trumpeter Swans in west central Minnesota. M.Sc. thesis, Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN, USA. 41 pp.

Watanabe, T. (2014) Regional variations of the bill-coloration of Bewick’s Swans wintering in eastern Japan. Strix. 30, pp.129–134.

Wood, K.A., Stillman, R.A., Daunt, F. & O’Hare, M.T. (2014) Chalk streams and grazing mute swans. British Wildlife. 25, pp.171–176.

Wood, K.A., Stillman, R.A., Daunt, F. & O’Hare, M.T. (2014) Can sacrificial feeding areas protect aquatic plants from herbivore grazing? Using behavioural ecology to inform wildlife management. PLoS ONE.  9, e104034.


Anonymous. 2013. Management Plan for Mute Swans in New York State. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Fish, Wildlife, and Marine Resources, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233–4754, USA.

Auld, J.R., Perrins, C. M. & Charmantier, A. 2013. Who wears the pants in a mute swan pair? Deciphering the effects of male and female age and identity on breeding success Journal of Animal Ecology 82:826–835.

Gayet G, Guillemain, M., Mesleard, F., Fritz, H., Curtet, L., & Broyer J. 2013. Annual use of man–made wetlands by the Mute Swan (Cygnus olor). Journal of Environmental Management 120:120–126.

González, A.L. & Fariña, J.M. 2013. Changes in the abundance and distribution of Black–necked Swans (Cygnus melancoryphus) in the Carlos Anwandter Nature Sanctuary and adjacent wetlands, Valdivia, Chile. Waterbirds 36(4):507–514.

Guay, P.–J., Lorenz, R. D. A., Robinson, R.W., Symonds, M. R. E., & Weston, M.A.. 2013. Distance from water, sex and approach direction influence flight distances among habituated Black Swans. Ethology 119:552–558.

Guay, P.–J., McLeod, E. M., Cross, R., Formby, A. J., Maldonado, S. P., Stafford–Bell, R. E., St. James–Turner Z. N., Robinson, R. W., Mulder, R. A. & Weston, M.A. 2013. Observer effects occur when estimating alert but not flight–initiation distances. Wildlife Research 40 (4):289–293.

Handrigan, S. 2013.  Evaluation of breeding range expansion of Trumpeter Swans (Cygnus buccinator) re–introduced in Southwestern Ontario. Honour’s Thesis, University Western Ontario.

Nolet, B.A. & Gyimesi, A. 2013. Underuse of stopover site by migratory swans. Journal of  Ornithology 154:695–703.

Nuijten, R.J.M., Kölzsch, A., van Gils, J.A., Hoye, B.J., Oosterbeek, K., de Vries, P.P., Klaassen, M. and Nolet, B.A.. 2013. The exception to the rule: retreating ice front makes Bewick’s swans Cygnus columbianus bewickii migrate slower in spring than in autumn. Journal of Avian Biology 44: 001–010.

Polakowski, M., & Broniszewska, M. 2013. Spring migration of swans in the Biebrza Basin. Ornis Polonica 54: 96–108. (in Polish with English summary).

Swift, B. L., Clarke, K. J., Holevinski, R. A., & Cooper, E. M. 2013. Status and ecology of  Mute Swans in New York State. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233–4754. 37 pp.

Weaver, K. H. A. 2013. Tundra Swan, Cygnus columbianus columbianus, habitat selection during the nonbreeding period. M.Sc. Thesis. University of Western Ontario.

Włodarczyk R., Wieloch M., Czyż S., Dolata P. T., & Minias P. 2013. Natal and breeding dispersal in Mute Swans Cygnus olor: influence of sex, mate switching and reproductive success. Acta Ornithologica 48: 237–244.

Wood, M.J., Childs,M. Z., Davies, A. S., Hellgren, O., Cornwallis, C. K., Perrins, C. M., & Sheldon, B. C. 2013. The epidemiology underlying age–related avian malaria infection in a long–lived host: the mute swan Cygnus olor.  Journal of Avian Biology 44: 347–358.


Gayet, G., Croce, N., Grillas, P., Nourry, C., Deschamps, C. & du Rau, P.D. 2012. Expected and unexpected effects of waterbirds on Mediterranean aquatic plants. Aquatic Botany 103:98–105.

Guo, J., Covaleda, L., Heatley, J.J., Baroch, J.A., Tizard, I. & Payne, S.L. 2012. Widespread avian bornavirus infection in mute swans in the Northeast United States. Veterinary Medicine: Research and Reports 3:49–52.

Hidding, B., Klaassen, M., de Boer, T., de Vries P.P. & Nolet, B.A. 2012. Aquatic plant shows flexible avoidance by escape from tuber predation by swans. Basic and Applied Ecology 13: 50–58.

Hoye, B.J., Fouchier, R. A. M. & Klaassen, M. 2012. Host behaviour and physiology underpin individual variation in avian influenza virusinfection in migratory Bewick’s swans. Proceedings Royal Society of London B 279:529–534.

Lumsden, H.G. 2012. Recent History of Trumpeter Swans in Ontario and Quebec and their status in 2010–2011. Ontario Birds 30:109–119.

Meyer, S. W., Badzinski, S.S., Schummer, M.L. & Sharp, C.M. 2012. Changes in summer abundance and distribution of mute swans along the lower Great Lakes of Ontario 1986–2011. Ontario Birds 30: 48–63.

Payne, C.J., Jessop, T.S., Guay, P–J., Johnstone, M., Feore M. and  Mulder R.A. 2012. Population, behavioural and physiological responses of an urban population of Black Swans to an intense annual noise event. PLoS ONE 7(9): e45014.

Paz Silva, C., Schlatter, R. P. & Soto–Gamboa, M. 2012. Reproductive biology and pair behavior during incubation of the Black–necked Swan Cygnus melancoryphus. Ornitologia Neotropical 23: 555–567.

Pybus, O.G., Perrins, C.M., Choudhury, B., Manvell, R.J., Nunez, A., Schulenburg, B., Sheldon, B.C. & Brown, I.H. 2012. The ecology and age structure of a highly pathogenic avian influenza virus outbreak in wild mute swans. Parasitology 139: 1–10.

Ramey, A. M., Ely, C. R., Schmutz, J. A., Pearce, J. M., & Heard, D. J. 2012. Molecular Detection of Hematozoa Infections in Tundra Swans Relative to Migration Patterns and Ecological Conditions at Breeding Grounds. PLoS ONE 7(9): e45789.

Smith, A.N., Vernes, K.A. & Ford, H.A. 2012. Grazing effects of Black Swans Cygnus atratus (Latham) on a seasonally flooded coastal wetland of eastern Australia. Hydrobiologia 697:45–57.

Stafford, J.D., Eichholz, M.W.,& Phillips, A.C. 2012. Impacts of Mute Swans (Cygnus olor) on submerged aquatic vegetation in Illinois River Valley backwaters. Wetlands 32:851–857.

Varner, D.M. & Eichholz, M.W. 2012. Annual and seasonal survival of Trumpeter Swans in the upper Midwest. The Journal of Wildlife Management 76(1):129–135.

Wood, K. A., Stillman, R. A., Daunt, F. & O’Hare, M. T. 2012. An Individual–Based Model of Swan–Macrophyte Conflicts on a Chalk River. pp: 339–343 in River Conservation and Management. Boon, P. J. & Raven, P. J. (Editors). John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


Gayet, G., Guillemainc, M., Fritz, H., Meslearde, F., Begnisa, C., Costioua, A., Body, G.,  Curtet, L., & Broyer, J. 2011.Do Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) grazing, swan residence and fish pond nutrient availability interactively control macrophyte communities? Aquatic Botany 95:110– 116.

Gayet, G., Eraud, C., Benmergui, M., Broyer, J., Mesleard, F., Fritz, H. & Guillemain, M. 2011. Breeding mute swan habitat selection when accounting for detectability: a plastic behaviour consistent with rapidly expanding populations. European Journal of Wildlife Research, 57(5):1051–1056.

Cong, P., Cao, L., Fox, A.D., Barter, M., Rees, E.C., Jiang, Y., Ji, W., Zhu, W. and Song, G., 2011. Changes in Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus bewickii distribution and abundance in the Yangtze River floodplain. Bird Conservation International, 21(03):260–265.

Cong, P., Rees, E.C., Sun, M.M., Zhao, M., Cao, L., Barter, M. & Fox, A.D. 2011. A comparison of behaviour and habitat use by Bewick’s Swans Cygnus columbianus bewickii at wintering sites in China and Europe: preliminary observations. Wildfowl (2011) 61: 52–73.

O’Connell, M.M., Keating, U., Mcelligott, D., O’Reilly, P., O’Callaghan, J. and O’Halloran, J., 2013. An investigation of a novel anomalous pink feather colouration in the Mute Swan Cygnus olor in Britain and Ireland. Wildfowl 61: 152–165.

Ransler, F.A., Quinn, T.W. & Oyler–McCance, S.J. 2011. Genetic consequences of trumpeter swan (Cygnus buccinator) reintroductions. Conservation Genetics 12(1):257–268.

Schmidt, J.H., Lindberg, M.S., Johnson, D.S. & Verbyla, D.L. 2011. Season length influences breeding range dynamics of trumpeter swans Cygnus buccinator. Wildlife Biology 17: 364–372.

Schummer, M. L., Petrie, S.A., Badzinski, S.S., Deming, M., Chen, Y–W. & Belzile, N. 2011. Elemental contaminants in livers of mute swans on Lakes Erie and St. Clair. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 61(4), 677–687


Dudzik, K., Dobosz, R., Nowak, C. & Dębowski, P. Breeding population of Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus in Świętokrzyskie Region. Chrońmy Przyrode Ojczysta 66 (6): 456–463, 2010. (in Polish with English summary).

Flood, L. 2010. A brilliant flask of white. Teton Valley Magazine Winter 2009–10:32–37. (A popular article on trumpeter swan restoration efforts in the Teton Valley of Idaho).

Gayet, G., Guillemainm M., Benmergui, M., Mesleard, F., Boulinier, T., Bienvenu, J.–P.,  Fritz, H. & Broyer, J. I. 2010. Effects of seasonality, isolation and patch quality for habitat selection processes by Mute Swans Cygnus olor in a fish pond landscape. Oikos 120(6)801–812.

Gyimesi, A. 2010. Carrying capacity of a heterogeneous lake for migrating swans. Ph.D. thesis. Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Klaassen, M., Hangelbroek, H.H., de Boer, T. & Nolet, B.A. 2010. Insights from the eco–physiological book of records: Bewick’s swans outperform the canonical intake–maximizing vertebrate.  Oikos 119: 1156–1160.

Mlodinow, S.G. and Schwitters, M.T. 2010. The status of Bewick’s Swan (Cygnus columbianus bewickii) in western North America. North American Birds 64(1):2–13.

Mulder, R.A., Guay, P.–J., Wilson, M. & Coulson, G. 2010. Citizen science: recruiting residents for studies of tagged urban wildlife. Wildlife Research 37: 440–446. (Black swans Cygnus atratus).

Patel, R., Mulder, R.A.  and Cardoso, G.C. 2010.What makes vocalisation frequency an unreliable signal of body size in birds? A study on Black Swans. Ethology 116:554–563.

Proffitt, K.M., McEneaney, T.P, White, P.J. & Garrott R.A. 2010. Productivity and Fledging Success of Trumpeter Swans in Yellowstone National Park, 1987–2007. Waterbirds 33(3):341–348.

Wilkins, K. A., Malecki, R.A., Sullivan, P. J.,  Fuller, J.C., Dunn, J.P., Hidman, L.J., Costanzo, G.R., Petrie, S.A. & Luszcz, D. 2010. Population structure of tundra swans wintering in eastern North America. TheJournal of Wildlife Management 74:1107–1111.


de Haan, Y. 2009. Reproductive Energetics of Mute Swans, Cyngus olor, on the Lower Great Lakes. Honour’s Thesis, University Western Ontario, Ontario, Canada.

Guay, P.–J. & Mulder, R.A. 2009. Do neck–collars affect the behaviour and condition of Black Swans (Cygnus atratus)? Emu 109:248–251.

Newman SH, Iverson SA, Takekawa JY, Gilbert M, Prosser DJ, Batbayar, N.,  Natsagdorj, T. & Douglas, D. C. 2009. Migration of Whooper Swans and Outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N1 Virus in Eastern Asia. PLoS ONE 4(5): e5729.

Richman, A. 2009. Nutrient reserve dynamics of non–breeding Mute Swans (Cygnus olor) on the lower Great Lakes. Honour’s Thesis, University Western Ontario.

Schmidt, J.H., Lindberg, M.S., Johnson, D.S., Conant, B. & King, J.. 2009. Evidence of Alaskan Trumpeter Swan population growth using Bayesian Hierarchical Models. The Journal of Wildlife Management 73(5):720–727.


Badzinski, S. S. 2008. Mute Swan (Cygnus olor). Pages 64–65 in M. D. Cadman, D. A. Sutherland, G. G. Beck, D. Lepage, and A. R. Couturier, editors. Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Ontario, 2001–2007. Bird Studies Canada, Environment Canada / Canadian Wildlife Service, Ontario Field Ornithologists, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, and Ontario Nature.

Bailey, M., Petrie, S.A. & Badzinski, S.S.. 2008. Diet of Mute Swans in Lower Great Lakes Coastal Marshes. Journal of Wildlife Management 72:726–732.


John, J.S., Ransler, F.A., Quinn, T.W. & Oyler–McCance, S. J. 2006. Characterization of microsatellite loci isolated in trumpeter swan (Cygnus buccinator). Molecular Ecology Notes, 6(4), pp.1083–1085.


Dudzik, K. & Putowski, P. 2005. Pierwsze przypadkigniazdowania łabędzia krzykliwego Cygnus cygnus w Krainie Gór Świętokrzyskich. Kulon 10:59–62. (in Polish).