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Conservation and Management for the Common Loon
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Common loons are a species of concern in Montana. They primarily breed in the northwest corner of the state. The first management plan for common loons was completed in 1990. Since then several research projects across the country and in Montana were completed to help improve conservation and management strategies.

The Conservation Plan below was prepared in cooperation with the Montana Common Loon Working Group to incorporate past and current research and provide more informed conservation and management objectives. The plan includes chapters on population management, habitat management, disturbance, research, information and education, and coordination. The plan also includes numerous appendices that will assist biologists and managers with on the ground conservation and management of common loons.

Conservation Plan for the Common Loon in Montana

Full Plan

pp. 1–122 Conservation Plan for the Common Loon in Montana - Full Brochure 4.6 MB

Plan without Appendices

pp. 1-41 Conservation Plan for the Common Loon in Montana: Part 1 of 6 641 KB

Appendix A: Lake/Territory List with Classification and Area Coordinators

pp. 42-53 Conservation Plan for the Common Loon in Montana: Appendix A 236 KB

Appendix B: Best Management Practices for Common Loon Habitat

pp. 54-63 Conservation Plan for the Common Loon in Montana: Appendix B 340 KB

Appendix C: Lake/Site Specific Common Loon Management Plan

pp. 64-80 Conservation Plan for the Common Loon in Montana: Appendix C 284 MB

Appendix D: Band Recoveries and Observations

pp. 81-83 Conservation Plan for the Common Loon in Montana: Appendix D 248 KB

Appendix E: Common Loon Surveys

pp. 84-93 Conservation Plan for the Common Loon in Montana: Appendix E 608 KB

Appendix F: The Use of Signs: An Essential Common Loon Management Tool

pp. 94-99 Conservation Plan for the Common Loon in Montana: Appendix F 342 KB

Appendix G: The Use of Artificial Nest Platforms

pp. 100-107 Conservation Plan for the Common Loon in Montana: Appendix G 418 KB

Appendix H: Information and Education

pp. 108-116 Conservation Plan for the Common Loon in Montana: Appendix H 1.3 MB

Appendix I: Handling of Live Common Loons and Specimens

pp. 117-119 Conservation Plan for the Common Loon in Montana: Appendix I 86 KB

Appendix J: Loon Ranger Training and Responsibilities

pp. 120-122 Conservation Plan for the Common Loon in Montana: Appendix J 96 KB