Mapping nesting loons

While loon populations are currently stable, a number of threats loom, including human encroachment and pollution.  Regional declines have occurred at the southern edge of their range, in the Midwest of the United States loons have disappeared from breeding sites entirely.  Loons are particularly sensitive to boat traffic while nesting since their nests are placed so close to shorelines.  Male loons select nest sites in quiet, protected areas along lakeshores and often reuse the same nesting site annually.  By mapping the nesting loons on Papineau Lake, we can hopefully protect those sites from extensive boat traffic.