MLMP - Results for the Cook/Lake Index Area 1994-2002

Map of Cook/Lake Index Area

The Cook/Lake Index Area is located in the Northeastern part of Minnesota, and has had 85 to 119 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 Cook/Lake Index Area.
Graph of Loon Occupancy
Figure 2. LOON OCCUPANCY - Percent of lakes in the Cook/Lake 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 Cook/Lake Index Area.
Graph of Goose Abundance
Figure 4. GOOSE ABUNDANCE - Adult geese seen per 100 acres of lake surface within the Cook/Lake Index Area.

 

Table 1. Total number of loons, juvenile loons, geese, and juvenile geese observed in 1994 - 2002 in the Cook/Lake 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 112 9 38 6 0 0 88
1995 164 36 65 18 0 0 119
1996 141 12 56 9 0 0 112
1997 155 19 59 14 1 2 101
1998 149 17 58 12 0 0 97
1999 111 12 44 7 0 0 85
2000 130 19 49 14 3 0 90
2001 138 19 51 14 1 0 91
2002 143 22 55 16 3 0 90

 


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 Cook/Lake Index Area

Maya Hamady, Cook/Lake Index Area Coordinator
Minnesota DNR, Nongame Wildlife Program
1201 East Hwy 2
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Phone: 218/327-4267
E-mail: maya.hamady@state.mn.us