Bewick's Swan ecology of migration and reproduction in the Pechora Delta, Russia

Updated 2001-04-10

International cooperative research program (field work in 1992-1996) on Bewick's Swans, on ecological limitations in the annual cycle, mainly during periods of high energy expenditure, i.e. breeding and migration. Relates to feeding ecology (both terrestrial and aquatic (pondweed tubers) vegetation, annual variation in climatic conditions. Aims at: 1. understanding limiting factors for population size (production of young and survival) 2. understanding migratory behaviour in this large species 3. protecting crucial areas for breeding, moulting and migrating for this vulnerable swan population Research activities: - Field expeditions (2-5 months) to the Arctic, covering the entire breeding season, including moult and pre-migratory fattening - Running a ringing project with over 1,000 individually marked birds - Data analysis and publications

This is not a National Implementation Plan (NIP) project

Time frame

Project time span
1992 - 2005
Data collection
1992 - 1996
Data processing
not specified
Data reporting
not specified

Contact information

Contact person
Jan H. Beekman
Netherlands Institute of Ecology Centre for Limnology P.O.Box 1299 3600 BG Maarssen Netherlands
+31 294 239319/300
+31 294 232224
Other project contacts
Zoological Laboratory University of Groningen P.O.Box 14 9750 AA Haren Netherlands Tel: +31 50 3632037 Fax: +31 50 3635205 E-mail: Visiting address: Biologisch Centrum Kerklaan 30 Haren

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Terrestrial birds
Additional information or further specification of types of data / information collected, species / tissues / organs sampled, etc.

Bewick's Swans Type of data collected: - swan densities related to vegetation and landscape types, based on LANDSAT images and vegetation maps - behaviour - reproductive success - diet choice from droppings collected - body-condition and moultscores for captured birds - survival and migration routes of individually colour-ringed birds - satellite-tracking migration routes Sampling frequency: annually


Regions studied
Other areas
Pechora delta
Stations or areas where observations are made

Stations: Pechora Delta -- 68°30',53°40' ; coordinate notation: DMS Research areas: Russkii Zavorot peninsula (east coast), Malozemel'skaya Tundra, Korovinskaya Guba (Bay), Pechora Delta

Data availability

Are data archived or planned to be archived at an AMAP Thematic Data Centre?
If no (or only part of data are reported to a TDC), where and how are (other) data stored?
Data storage on computer Data will be available to other projects and/or international programmes from date 2005
References to key publications (or planned publications) and data reports
Dissertation entitled: 'Ecological bottlenecks in migratory and reproductive strategies of Bewick's Swwans in relation to their food resources', by Jan H. Beekman, at the University of Groningen, expected early 1999
Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?
Specimen banking information

For archive location contact Jan H. Beekman Description and storage method: HERBARIUM - dried specimens of ± 30 monocotylodons and ± 100 dicotylodons EPIDERMAL SAMPLES - sealed on glass, ± 50 food plants Specimens/samples will be available to other projects and/or international programmes

Methods & Procedures

Not specified

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
Other institutes involved in the project

- Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture, Nature Management and Fisheries, Directorate Nature, Dept.International Affairs (Min. LNV) - Institute of Biology, Komi Science Centre, Russian Academy of Sciences-Ural Department - Netherlands Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, Institute for Inland Water Management and Waste Water Treatment (RWS-RIZA) - Netherlands Institute of Ecology, Centre for Limnology (NIOO-CL) - Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (UK) - Russian Institute for Nature Conservation

Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?

Project on Bewick's Swan breeding success by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (UK) in collaboration with Russian Institute for Nature Conservation

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