Distribution and ecology of whistling swans in the Chesapeake Bay region

The Auk
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The Whistling Swan, Olor columbianus, is of particular significance in the Chesapeake Bay region, since major wintering and transient populations occur here regularly, constituting in some years more than half the total population of the species. Some of these concentrations are so large that they attract many bird-watchers, who often travel long distances to see them. Whistling Swans are also of concern to the local shell-fish gatherers, who claim that depredations by these birds cause considerable damage to the supply of commercially valuable long ("soft-shelled") clams. During recent years, there has been an increasing demand from some sources for an open hunting season. It has been suggested that the swan populations may be of sufficient numerical size, to withstand a limited harvest. Because of these considerations, a special effort was made to obtain more information concerning the local distribution, numerical status and ecology of Whistling Swans throughout the Chesapeake Bay region.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Distribution and ecology of whistling swans in the Chesapeake Bay region
Series title The Auk
DOI 10.2307/4081890
Volume 75
Issue 2
Year Published 1958
Language English
Publisher American Ornithological Society
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 10 p.
First page 203
Last page 212