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Restoration of Common Loons in Minnesota

Implementing Organization

US Department of the Interior


DWH Project Funding


Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)

Funding Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA


Project Category


Project Actions

Species Restoration

Targeted Resources

Birds/Bird Habitat

Project Description

This 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 United States (e.g., Minnesota, Wisconsin, Maine, Alaska) and Canada. Recent migration data identify the Gulf of Mexico 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 offshore areas of the Gulf during their first winter. Common loons represent one of the bird species most injured by the DWH incident.


Kate Healy
(251) 517-8010
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