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Restoration of Common Loons in Minnesota

Implementing Organization

US Department of the Interior

Overview

DWH Project Funding

$7,520,000

Known Leveraged Funding

$0

Funding Organization

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)

Funding Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA

Details

Project Category

Environmental

Project Actions

Species Restoration

Targeted Resources

Birds/Bird Habitat

Project Description

The project will reduce mortality and increase reproductive success of common loons in Minnesota by focusing on restoration activities that include: 1) acquiring breeding habitat; 2) providing artificial nesting platforms where appropriate and engaging Minnesota lake associations in loon conservation activities; and 3) reducing loon exposure to lead-based fishing tackle. Common loons nest in the northern Unites States (e.g., Minnesota, Wisconsin, Maine, Alaska) and Canada. Recent migration data identify the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) as the primary wintering area for common loons within the Mississippi Flyway. Among juvenile loons radio-marked in Minnesota, 94% occupied nearshore areas, lagoons, bays, and offshoreareas of the GOM during their first winter. Common loons represent one of the top five bird species injured by the DWH incident.

Contact

Kate Healy
(251) 517-8010
katherine_healy@fws.gov
Project Website
Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

For official trustee information regarding the Deepwater Horizon NRDA, including information regarding the NRDA process and the status of projects, see https://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/

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