MLMP - Results for the Otter Tail Index Area 1994-2002

Map of Otter Tail Index Area

The Otter Tail Index Area is located in the West-Central part of Minnesota, and has had 95 to 116 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 Otter Tail Index Area.
Graph of Loon Occupancy
Figure 2. LOON OCCUPANCY - Percent of lakes in the Otter Tail 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 Otter Tail Index Area.
Graph of Goose Abundance
Figure 4. GOOSE ABUNDANCE - Adult geese seen per 100 acres of lake surface within the Otter Tail Index Area.

 

Table 1. Total number of loons, juvenile loons, geese, and juvenile geese observed in 1994 - 2002 in the Otter Tail 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 94 21 49 16 81 0 102
1995 186 58 68 34 117 173 116
1996 226 65 72 32 82 261 106
1997 167 31 67 19 119 232 95
1998 210 42 60 19 421 290 105
1999 219 42 65 20 576 293 106
2000 181 38 68 26 286 434 109
2001 203 32 63 20 257 597 107
2002 170 51 64 29 323 456 107

 


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 Otter Tail Index Area

Katie Haws, Otter Tail 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