Tracking Data for Tundra Swans (Cygnus columbianus)

Science Center Objects

Available here are tracking data of Tundra Swans, a species that nests in coastal areas throughout Alaska and winters across a broad area of North America from the Pacific to Atlantic coasts. These data were collected to better understand the timing and patterns of migratory movements and seasonal use of habitats in breeding, wintering, and migratory areas of North America.

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USGS Alaska Science Center scientists collect data from wildlife tracking devices to: determine locations of animals throughout their annual cycles, understand patterns of habitat use, quantify time spent on various behaviors, and identify geographic areas repeatedly used by wildlife that may indicate sites of importance to species and populations. Tracking data from other wildlife species can be found at:

Argos Wildlife Tracking Tundra Swan

Argos Wildlife Tracking of Tundra Swans.
(Credit: David Douglas, USGS. Public domain.)

Tracking Maps

Tundra Swan tracking maps

These webpages contain four different types of browse maps and other visualizations of the tracking data.

  • Maps (Animated, Static, Interactive, and Google Earth)
  • Summary graphs of the data: where, when, duration

Data Packages

Argos Satellite Telemetry Data

These data packages contain the data collected from satellite transmitters attached to free-ranging animals. The packages include both raw and processed location and sensor data. The raw data includes data as originally retrieved from the Argos System. The processed data have been filtered for location plausibility, and sensor data have been decoded into standard measurement units. For most users, the processed data will be preferred.

Suggested Citation

Ely, C.R., Terenzi, J., Tibbitts, T.L., Douglas, D.C., 2020, Tracking data for Tundra Swans (Cygnus columbianus) (ver 1.0, January 2020): U.S. Geological Survey data release,