Reuse of Nesting and Nursery Areas by Common Loons
Journal of Wildlife Management
We monitored yearly locations of nesting and nursery areas in 45 common loon (Gavia immer) territories on 2 lakes in Maine and 3 in New Hampshire between 1974 and 1984. Reuse of nesting areas on individual lakes over the entire study period was 78-88%. Nest reuse was not strongly related to the outcome of nesting attempts. Year-to-year spatial overlap of nurseries in individual territories was 57-86%. High year-to-year reuse suggests that protection of known nesting and nursery areas is an appropriate strategy for management of reproductive habitats for common loons.
Strong, P. I. V., J. A. Bissonette, and J. S. Fair. 1987. Reuse of nesting and nursery areas by common loons. J. Wildlife Management 51(1):123-127.