Last fall there was a flock of migrating Swans sighted on Lake Bimini. One day the flock left, but one Swan remained on the Lake. The Swan was sighted on the main lake and other locations near Treasure Lake, but remained in the area by itself. Carol Downer observed the Swan and photographed it. The Swan had been wing banded and the main part of the band was easily read as P-42. Carol started to reach out and identify the Swan and after months received a reply from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) joint with the Canadian Wildlife Service. The Swan was banded in December 2016 by Ray Kingdon in Burlington, Ontario. The Swan is a female Trumpeter Swan and was estimated to have hatched in 2016. Data from banded birds are used in monitoring populations, setting hunting regulations, restoring endangered species, studying effects of environmental contaminants and crop depredations.
The North America Bird Banding Program is under the general direction of the USGS and Canadian Wildlife Service. There are many cooperating agencies, universities, amateur ornithologists, consulting firms and other private sector businesses.
Carol received a certificate of appreciation from the USGS and Canadian Wildlife Service for the reporting of the sighting and band information.
Swan P-42 remained in the area for a long time in the fall of 2018, but might have left the area on its own and continued the migration to the Carolinas.