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Loon Program - Outreach
Loon Program - Outreach

Common Loon Outreach and Education

Learn more about how you can support and participate in loon conservation efforts in your region, from interpreting loon behavior and making smart lake recrereation choices, to joining in citizen science initiatives, to purchasing to support loon conservation with your dollar.
Sharing the Lakes with Loons

Sharing the Lakes with Loons

Download a copy of our new brochure, Sharing the Lakes with Loons. This brochure succinctly describes how to interpret loon behavior, how to safely recreate on lakes with loons, and how to protect loons from lead poisoning, the most significant cause of mortality to adult loons.

If you would like a custom copy of this brochure created with your logo for your state or lake organization, please contact Deb McKew at deborah.mckew@briloon.org

Citizen Science: Have You Seen a Banded Loon?

Citizen Science: Have You Seen a Banded Loon?

Submit your observation through our Have You Seen a Banded Loon Form

Researchers from several different organizations, including BRI, have marked Common Loons throughout North America with colored leg bands. Color-marking and resighting of loons allows us to monitor breeding individuals, calculate annual return rates to territories, and determine stability of breeding populations. Marking and resighting efforts are thus an essential tool for loon conservation.

If you have encountered a color-banded loon — either found a dead one, or seen a live one — then you can contribute to the loon conservation effort by reporting your observation through our Have You Seen a Banded Loon? google form.

To help you out, we've created a Loon Leg Band Color Chart. Click here to download.

Thank you for your careful responses, and for your help in monitoring this iconic species!

Citizen Science: Bald Eagle and Common Loon Interactions

Citizen Science: Bald Eagle and Common Loon Interactions

Submit your observation though our Bald Eagle and Common Loon Conflict/Interaction Form

As part of a collaborative effort among wildlife researchers to better understand the effect of increasing Bald Eagle populations on Common Loon populations, BRI is seeking information on observed interactions between the two species. If you have observed an interaction between Bald Eagles and Common Loons, please click to fill out our Bald Eagle and Common Loon Conflict/Interaction Form.

New Book: Loon Landscapes

New Book: Loon Landscapes

Loon Landscapes is a stunning photographic exploration of the world's five loon species. Travel with conservation biologists Dr. David Evers and Kate Taylor for a glimpse into the natural history of the five loon species that reside across the Northern Hemisphere. This collection of dramatic images depicts the grace and beauty of these iconic waterbirds. In his Foreword, author and field biologist Jeff Fair remarks, “Not only are loons linked to their habitats but loon biologists are as well; good field biologists carry a passion for the landscapes they work upon.”

Read a book review by Hope Rogers, science writer intern. 

All proceeds from the sales of this book will contribute towards ongoing loon research at BRI. To purchase your copy, click here.

 

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Photo Credits: Header image © Daniel Poleschook; Banded Loon © Alex Tongas; Eagle/Loon © Jon Winslow Photo
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