The Itasca Index Area is located in the North-Central part of Minnesota, and has had 92 to 108 lakes surveyed per year between 1994 and 2002. Statistical analysis is ongoing, and has been completed through 2001.
Figure 1. LOON ABUNDANCE - Adult loons seen per 100 acres of lake surface within the Itasca Index Area.
Figure 2. LOON OCCUPANCY - Percent of lakes in the Itasca Index Area with any adult loons.
Figure 3. LOON REPRODUCTIVE SUCCESS - Juvenile loons for every two adult loons on a lake within the Itasca Index Area.
Figure 4. GOOSE ABUNDANCE - Adult geese seen per 100 acres of lake surface within the Itasca 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|
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.
Maya Hamady, Cook/Lake Index Area Coordinator
Minnesota DNR, Nongame Wildlife Program
1201 East Hwy 2
Grand Rapids, MN 55744