Syd and Roast: Diaries of Two Tundra Swans
Meet Syd and Roast
1999 Journey North students kept track of two swans, a male named "Roast" and
a female named "Sir Syd." Both birds winter on the Atlantic
coast, and were captured on
their staging grounds near Long Point, Ontario, which juts out into Lake
Roast and Sir Syd's weights in pounds. How many math books would
balance one of them?
swans lay eggs, which uses up valuable protein and fat, and then
incubate the eggs, which takes a lot of calories. Yet males are much
larger. Why do you think males are larger than females?
of Two Swans
- 12 March:
Sir Syd was captured on March 12th, 1999.
- 19 March:
Between the 16th and the 19th of March, Sir Syd moved 100 km west
to Dutton, ON.
- 22 March:
Between the 19th and 22nd (most likely on the 21st), Sir Syd moved
225 km northwest to the east shore of Saginaw Bay in Michigan.25
March: Sir Syd is still located on the east shore of Saginaw Bay
- 28 March:
Between the 26th and 28th of March, Sir Syd moved 450 km west. She
is located 50 km west of Green Bay, Wisconsin.
- 4 April:
Between the 29th of March and the 4th of April, Sir Syd moved 650
km northwest. She is located 25 km west of Wheaton, Minnesota.
- 18 March:
Roast was captured on the Sinclair-Campbell Ducks Unlimited Property,
west of Port Rowan, ON on the 18th of March, 1999.
- 21 March:
Between the 18th and 21st of March, Roast moved 80 km west to the
agricultural fields near St. Thomas, ON.
- 25 March:
Roast was still located in the St. Thomas, Ontario area.
- 28 March:
Between the 26th and 28th of March, Roast moved 550 km northwest.
She is located on the western shore of Lake Michigan near Algoma,
- 31 March:
Sometime between the 29th and 30th of March, Roast moved 800 km northwest
to a location near Fargo, North Dakota.
- 3 April
Between the 1st and 2nd of April, Roast moved 50 km northwest to
a spot near Hunter, North Dakota.
This! Journaling Question
the distance that Sir Syd or Roast has flown since the satellite
transmitter was put on.