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Tundra Swans: 06/11/08
Until Sean got interested in learning about birds beyond owls, I had never heard of the tundra swan. We live too far south to have wild swans; the only ones we have are the ones you'll see in gardens or zoos.
The tundra swan turns out to be one of two native species of swans to North America. Bianca Lavies's focuses on one group of tundra swans that make a yearly migration between the Alaska / Canada border and the Chesapeake Bay. Each page of text is beautifully illustrated with Lavies's photographs.
After a brief introduction to the tundra swan species, its migration and life cycle, the book turns focus to conservation and tracking efforts. The photographs show a wide range of volunteers capturing, measuring and tagging the swans for future tracking.
For more information on tundra swans, please see the Alaskan Department of Fish and Game website.