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Sponsor a Loon and Share the Wonder - Makes a Great Gift!  

Click here to Sponsor a Loon

 

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Journey with the Loon - from BRI's leading experts on loon biology, this spectacular coffee table book provides a portal into the loon’s secret world, following their lives through the seasons.

Wild Feathers: A BRI Bookshop - now you can purchase beautiful gifts from BRI. All proceeds will help support our scientific research.

Sponsor a Loon

When you Sponsor a Loon, you help support BRI’s efforts to band and monitor these magnificent birds. Much can be gained by tracking banded individual loons. Field observations on unmarked populations have provided general knowledge. However, to more fully understand the ecology of this species, marked individuals must be followed over time.

BRI has captured and color-marked more than 3,000 loons in 22 states and provinces. Through this effort, loons have now become the foremost species studied to determine the exposure and effects of mercury across North America.

What We've Learned from Banded Loons

What We've Learned from Banded Loons

Understanding loon life history is critical to conservation strategies. Information we’ve discovered through tracking individual loons includes:

  • Age for first year in breeding plumage: 2 years
  • Age at first breeding: 4 years
  • Oldest known marked individual: 22 years (and counting)
  • Average percent of loons that return to their breeding territory each year: 80%
  • Longest known return of an individual to a breeding territory: 13 years
  • Longest known return of the same pair to the same breeding territory: 9 years


Your support makes a difference!

It's Easy to Sponsor a Loon

It's Easy to Sponsor a Loon

The process is quick and simple. Click here to sign up. Once you do, you will receive a packet that includes:

  • Personalized Sponsor-a-Loon Certificate that includes a description of your loon's history (how old it is, its size and weight, what lake it resides on, and how many offspring the loon has parented)
  • 2014 loon poster
  • 8 x 10" color gift card
  • 4 x 6" color loon photograph
  • Conserve the Call - a BRI publication about loon conservation efforts
 

Banded Chick

Left: The gray contour feathers begin to replace down on this banded 6 week old chick. Right: This same banded chick, now at 13 weeks of age, is able to fend for itself and is fully capable of flight.

Main photo: Bands on the right leg of this adult Common Loon are a unique identifier, allowing the bird to be tracked annually.
Left: The gray contour feathers begin to replace down on this banded 6 week old chick. Right: This same banded chick, now at 13 weeks of age, is able to fend for itself and is fully capable of flight.

Main photo: Bands on the right leg of this adult Common Loon are a unique identifier, allowing the bird to be tracked annually.
Left: The gray contour feathers begin to replace down on this banded 6 week old chick. Right: This same banded chick, now at 13 weeks of age, is able to fend for itself and is fully capable of flight. Main photo: Bands on the right leg of this adult Common Loon are a unique identifier, allowing the bird to be tracked annually.
Share the Wonder

SHARE THE WONDER

Loon Packets Make Great Gifts!

You can sponsor a loon from one of seven states: Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Louisiana, Minnesota, Wyoming, and Montana. 

Sponsor a Loon here.

 
Photo Credits: © Daniel Poleschook
Biodiversity Research Institute