LOON RESTORATION

Announced in October 2013, the first major project of The Ricketts Conservation Foundation is a five-year, $6.5-million study aimed at reestablishing loons in their former breeding range and helping populations recover in areas where they are declining. The Common Loon is a key indicator of the environmental health of our lakes and streams; a decrease in loon population is a sure sign of pollution or other environmental degradation. To carry out the project, the largest conservation study of the Common Loon ever undertaken, the Foundation selected the Biodiversity Research Institute, one of the world’s leading authorities on emerging threats to wildlife and ecosystems. BRI is focusing on three regions—Wyoming/Montana, Minnesota, and Massachusetts—areas that represent the greatest need and the highest potential for restoration success. The Foundation’s hope is that this project will advance our understanding of loon ecology and allow us to apply that knowledge to help restore the integrity of ecosystems where loons once thrived.


LOON RESTORATION

Announced in October 2013, the first major project of The Ricketts Conservation Foundation is a five-year, $6.5-million study aimed at reestablishing loons in their former breeding range and helping populations recover in areas where they are declining. The Common Loon is a key indicator of the environmental health of our lakes and streams; a decrease in loon population is a sure sign of pollution or other environmental degradation. To carry out the project, the largest conservation study of the Common Loon ever undertaken, the Foundation selected the Biodiversity Research Institute, one of the world’s leading authorities on emerging threats to wildlife and ecosystems. BRI is focusing on three regions—Wyoming/Montana, Minnesota, and Massachusetts—areas that represent the greatest need and the highest potential for restoration success. The Foundation’s hope is that this project will advance our understanding of loon ecology and allow us to apply that knowledge to help restore the integrity of ecosystems where loons once thrived.