If you’ve passed by open water on the Madison lakes in the last few weeks, you’ve likely seen a bevy of swans. They’re stopping over in Madison on their annual migration from the Yukon en route to either the Chesapeake Bay area or the Gulf of Mexico, and we’re likely to keep seeing them until the lake ice closes over. That’s according to Matt Hayes, a large bird expert and PhD student under Mark Berres in the Department of Animal Sciences. Hayes provides a lot of interesting information about these graceful visitors in this Q and A with University Communication’s Kelly April Tyrrell.

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