ASHLAND — Recent results from a
volunteer survey of loons show that the aquatic bird species'
population is strong in Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin Loon Population
Survey estimates that the state's loon population is at 4,350,
representing a 9.1 percent increase from 2010. The state's chick
population is estimated at 834, accounting for an increase of
nearly 38 percent.
Erica LeMoine, coordinator of the
Northland College Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute LoonWatch
program, said she's "surprised and pleased" by the
"Between the 2010 Gulf oil
spill and 2012 botulism outbreak, they've faced extraordinary
challenges over the last five years, so this is good news,"
LeMoine said improved communication
about loons, expanding volunteers and the LoonWatch Get the Lead
Out! program are partly responsible for the increase in
As the state's longest running and
only statewide survey of loons, the Wisconsin Loon Population
Survey has been conducted every five year since 1985, the Ashland
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"The survey is vital to
collecting baseline data and assessing the effectiveness of
current conservation efforts with the loon population,"
At the end of July 2015, more than
200 volunteers collected data, surveying 204 lakes in 27 northern