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Research

Advancing Common Loon Research

Core to the mission of the NLC is to serve as a national leader in advancing loon and freshwater research and education. As of the summer of 2021, we are monitoring a study population in Crow Wing County, MN to gather long-term data on the common loons. Essential to this work is banding individual loons with colored bands; each loon receives a unique combination of one federal silver band and three colored bands. In 2021, 78 total loons were banded. In 2022, biologists from the USGS joined NLC researchers to band a total of 95 loons on the Whitefish Chain and surrounding lakes.

Join us as a Loon Research Ambassador to support this nationally significant project.

Become a Research Ambassador

You can also send contributions to research project funds directly via mail:
National Loon Center
PO Box 642
Crosslake, MN 56442