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Potential New Threat to Loon Populations Has Wildlife Biologists Worried
By Susan Sharon
For years, researchers have been studying the pressures on one of Maine’s most-loved birds, the common loon. They’ve looked at shoreline development, mercury and fishing fear. And now a potential new threat has emerged: malaria.
The tropical parasite started showing up in healthy loons about a decade ago. But it had never been known to kill a bird, until recently.
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