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Common Loon Migration - Challenges Faced Throughout the Annual Cycle

Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018 06:30 PM

LoonWatch 40th Anniversary Lecture Series Program:

While common loon breeding populations in the Upper Midwest are generally stable, there is recent concern over the impacts that avian botulism on the Great Lakes and contaminant exposure on wintering areas may have on these populations. Satellite telemetry and archival geolocator tags were used to determine the migration patterns and wintering locations of common loons that breed in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. This work provides essential information on the migration patterns, staging areas, and wintering sites of common loons that is required by resource managers for development and implementation of common loon conservation strategies.
Presented by Kevin Kenow is a Research Wildlife Biologist with the U.S.
Geological Survey and has been stationed at the Upper Midwest Environmental
Sciences Center in La Crosse, WI for the past 31 years.