Restoration of Common Loons in Minnesota
US Department of the Interior
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)
Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA
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 in the greatest numbers by the DWH incident.