MLMP - Results for the Aitkin/Crow Wing Index Area 1994-2002

Map of Aitkin/Crow Wing Index Area

The Aitkin/Crow Wing Index Area is located in the East-Central part of Minnesota, and has had 98 to 109 lakes surveyed per year between 1994 and 2002. Statistical analysis is ongoing, and has been completed through 2001.

In Summary:

Graph of Loon Abundance
Figure 1. LOON ABUNDANCE - Adult loons seen per 100 acres of lake surface within the Aitkin/Crow Wing Index Area.
Graph of Loon Occupancy
Figure 2. LOON OCCUPANCY - Percent of lakes in the Aitkin/Crow Wing Index Area with any adult loons.
Graph of Loon Reproductive Success
Figure 3. LOON REPRODUCTIVE SUCCESS - Juvenile loons for every two adult loons on a lake within the Aitkin/Crow Wing Index Area.
Graph of Goose Abundance
Figure 4. GOOSE ABUNDANCE - Adult geese seen per 100 acres of lake surface within the Aitkin/Crow Wing Index Area.

 

Table 1. Total number of loons, juvenile loons, geese, and juvenile geese observed in 1994 - 2002 in the Aitkin/Crow Wing Index Area
Year Total Adult Loons Total Juvenile Loons Lakes with Adult Loons Lakes with Juvenile Loons Total Adult Canada Geese Total Juvenile Canada Geese Total # of Lakes Surveyed
1994 191 36 67 19 0 0 98
1995 260 58 72 31 24 26 107
1996 261 43 73 23 52 51 107
1997 262 52 82 36 44 54 106
1998 293 47 81 27 25 26 105
1999 306 50 84 28 48 42 107
2000 277 61 81 33 65 35 108
2001 294 50 84 29 49 55 108
2002 306 78 83 33 72 88 109

 


We extend our heartfelt thanks to the hundreds of volunteer observers who continue to make the MLMP a success. Without your persistence and hard work, the DNR would be without a means of reporting on the health of our state bird. We and Minnesota's loons appreciate your commitment!

We acknowledge the assistance of Dr. Douglas Hawkins, University of Minnesota, for statistical analysis, and Eric Hanson for the initial design and implementation of the MLMP.


Contact Information for the Aitkin/Crow Wing Index Area

Pam Perry, Aitkin/Crow Wing Index Area Coordinator
Minnesota DNR, Nongame Wildlife Program
1601 Minnesota Drive, Brainerd, MN 56401
Phone: 218/828-2228
E-mail: kevin.woizeschke@state.mn.us