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Loons are Rarest Nesting Bird in Wyoming
By Melodie Edwards
The loon is a key bioindicator of the health of our lakes as well as near shore marine ecosystems across North America. Yellowstone National Park and Wyoming Game and Fish Department have been monitoring the presence of loon pairs and fledged chicks in Wyoming since 1987. In 2013, BRI expanded on this effort as part of the RCF-funded scientific initiative Restore the Call to strengthen and restore loon populations within their existing and former range. For the first phase of the study, which began last summer, BRI increased monitoring of pairs, nesting, and productivity, and began to capture and band adult loons. In total, field biologists identified 14 territorial pairs in Wyoming, 11 of which nested to hatch 13 chicks with 11 of those chicks surviving to fledge. Wyoming Public Media interviewed David Evers, BRI's executive director and chief scientist.
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