Tracking the health of the state bird in the Gulf

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants to know how our state bird, the loon, migrates throughout the year. Two adult loons were implanted with satellite transmitters that will send back data on the bird’s movements and feeding patterns. Around 80 other loons were fitted with geolocator tags to track how the birds move underwater.

The Minnesota DNR estimates there are 12,000 loons in Minnesota. Many of those birds winter along the Gulf coast. The study will also look at the impact the oil spill will have on the loons who migrate to that area. More information on the loon study is available on the Minnesota DNR website.

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