MLMP - Results for the Becker Index Area 1994-2002

Map of Becker Index Area

The Becker Index Area is located in the West-Central part of Minnesota, and has had 93 to 101 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 Becker Index Area.
Graph of Loon Occupancy
Figure 2. LOON OCCUPANCY - Percent of lakes in the Becker 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 Becker Index Area.
Graph of Goose Abundance
Figure 4. GOOSE ABUNDANCE - Adult geese seen per 100 acres of lake surface within the Becker Index Area.

 

Table 1. Total number of loons, juvenile loons, geese, and juvenile geese observed in 1994 - 2002 in the Becker 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 141 41 55 24 0 0 93
1995 174 53 71 36 240 40 95
1996 245 75 71 37 148 282 100
1997 290 62 79 32 106 145 101
1998 289 52 79 27 332 38 99
1999 307 64 80 32 160 136 96
2000 287 57 68 26 206 178 94
2001 280 66 75 35 92 140 94
2002 299 54 74 29 113 260 96

 


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 Becker Index Area

Katie Haws, Becker Index Area Coordinator
Minnesota DNR, Nongame Wildlife Program
2115 Birchmont Beach Road
Bemidji, MN 56601
Phone: 218/755-2976
E-mail: katie.haws@state.mn.us