Restore the Call: A New Scientific Initiative
Restore the Call
A Scientific Initiative to Restore and Recover Loon Populations to their Former Range
For the Media
Supported by a grant from the Ricketts Conservation Foundation, which first proposed the idea, Biodiversity Research Institute has initiated the largest conservation study for the Common Loon (Gavia immer), a key bioindicator of aquatic integrity for lakes and near shore marine ecosystems across North America. This initiative provides an opportunity to identify current major threats and create solutions that strengthen current populations and restore loons to their former breeding range.
Download the Summary Brochure
For the first five years of this project, there are three components:
- Conduct surveys to determine the distribution, reproductive success, and threats to breeding populations
- Determine the historical breeding range
- Evaluate existing habitat conditions of the former range
Outreach and Conservation
- Update and enact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Conservation and Management Plan
- Develop state-specific working groups to create Conservation and Management Plans
- Convey important threats to the general public through outreach efforts
- Create scientifically-based management solutions
Research and Restoration
- Develop and test existing methodologies for translocating loons
- Design and build rearing facilities that meet existing husbandry standards
- Release and monitor loon chicks in target areas to supplement and expand existing breeding populations
- Beyond the first five years, develop a program to monitor the new breeding populations in our initial target regions
Study Regions in North America
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine
Wyoming, Montana, Idaho
Range of Common Loon Breeding Populations
Collaboration is Key
BRI’s Center for Loon Conservation is actively involved in assisting state and federal agencies in loon monitoring, capture and banding efforts, and development of management plans to ensure long-term reproductive success. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service contracted BRI to develop that agency’s first Conservation and Management Plan for the Common Loon (2007), which is being revised in 2014.
Download the full 2007 report.
Status Reports for the Common Loon
State working groups and associated conservation plans are in development in partnership with various state and federal wildlife agencies and nongovernmental conservation groups. The Loon Status Reports are available for Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, and Wyoming.
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Funding for this project has been provided by the Ricketts Conservation Foundation, which was formed to support the conservation of wildlife and natural resources. this grant represents potential for change in the way environmental research is funded.
Governmental agencies have fewer and more limited resources in proportion to the ecological changes and stressors we face in today’s world. as a result, a paradigm shift is underway in how wildlife conservation is funded. the government agencies that have been entrusted with the welfare of our wildlife and wilderness areas are increasingly dependent on resources from individuals and private organizations for work that traditionally has been funded by federal and state agencies.
Leaving a Legacy
Private donors are realizing an urgency to funding environmental work, and they see how they can make a difference to the quality of life for future generations.