Recovery of common loon populations on acid-stressed Ontario lakes

We will use a database of more than 30 years of scientific survey and citizen-science observations of common loon breeding on lakes in Ontario, as well as other parts of Canada, to determine whether loons now breed successfully on lakes where they were negatively affected by acid rain (and other human threats like development). Our data will be augmented by new surveys on the same lakes we have surveyed for three decades. The information will help the partner inform and tailor its ongoing citizen science program, and will yield key information to wildlife managers for managing loon populations in Canada.

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Kristin Bianchini
Faculty Supervisor: 
Mark Mallory
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Nova Scotia
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