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Summary of Detection Data for Breeding Common Loons in North-central Minnesota (2023)

March 4, 2024

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill caused extensive injury to natural resources in the Gulf of Mexico, and Gavia immer (common loon) were negatively affected from the spill. The Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group funded the project Restoration of Common Loons in Minnesota to restore common loons lost to the spill. In 2020–21, study lakes in an eight-county region in north-central Minnesota were identified to focus project activities. In 2023 surveys were conducted on these lakes to monitor common loon territory occupancy, nest success, and chick survival. This dataset includes a summary of total number of artificial nesting platforms (ANP), total number of ANP and natural nests, ANP and natural nest success, total number of chicks hatched, and number of chicks that survived to August surveys for 141 territories across 56 lakes within the eight-county study area. The 2021-2022 dataset can be located at We intend to present formal analyses of these and subsequently-collected data after the completion of this multi-year study.

Publication Year 2024
Title Summary of Detection Data for Breeding Common Loons in North-central Minnesota (2023)
DOI 10.5066/P13YB3AF
Authors William S Beatty, Luke J Fara, Steven C Houdek, Robert Rabasco, Spencer Rettler, Kevin P Kenow, Brian R Gray, Jayden Jech, Katelyn Bergstrom, Michael Wellik
Product Type Data Release
Record Source USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog
USGS Organization Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center