While we believe the best way to sustain loons in Minnesota is to protect and enhance natural nesting sites, there are some situations where augmenting natural habitat is necessary.
Artificial Nesting Platforms (ANPs) are known to increase loon productivity under certain conditions. However, they don’t ensure nesting success.
When is an ANP appropriate?
- When water levels fluctuate during nesting season
- When there is a significant and recurring predation problem
- Where there are loons present, but there are no or limited opportunities to protect and enhance natural nesting habitat
Will the MN DNR place an ANP on our lake?
No. However, MN DNR will work with you to evaluate loon nesting habitat and advise on appropriateness of an ANP. See below for additional information, including financial assistance