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Volunteers needed for loon count study on northern Minnesota lakes

DNR is counting the state bird again this year
DNR is counting the state bird again this year

Would you enjoy a day of paddling around a sparkling Minnesota lake while you count loons?

If that sound like fun to you, then the Minnesota DNR would like your help with its annual loon survey in three northern Minnesota counties, Itasca, Cook and Lake counties.

Volunteers are needed for a day during the study monitoring period of June 27 through July 7. On that day you will work from 5 a.m. until Noon. You can do your survey by walking the shores on smaller lakes, or by canoe or boat on the larger lakes.

The DNR will supply complete instructions, training, maps and data forms. You will be counting both adult loons and their adorable little babies.

DNR nongame specialist Gaea Cozier said this is a terrific opportunity for outdoor lovers to spend a day on a lake while providing invaluable information about Minnesota’s state bird.

“The results allow the DNR to detect long-term changes in loon population health and help assess impacts of events like the gulf oil spill and ongoing lakeshore development,” Crozier said.

You can contact Cozier for more information by calling 218-327-4267, or email her at:

You may also contact: Sarah Verke at 218-999-7808, or email:

If you want to learn more about the DNR loon survey, which has been going on for 20 years, visit: Loon Monitoring

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