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The DNR Needs Volunteer Loon Monitors!

Non-Game specialist, Gaea Crozier from the DNR joined us this morning to tell us more about why they need volunteers for a loon study coming up at the end of June/beginning of July. 

The Minnesota Loon Monitoring Program is a great way to get involved with wildlife on lakes near you.

The Minnesota Loon Monitoring Program is a long-term project of the Nongame Wildlife Program of the DNR. Hundreds of volunteers collect information about common loon numbers on more than 600 lakes.

Loons are good indicators of water quality because they need clean, clear water to catch food; are sensitive to disturbance and lakeshore development and are indicators of the effect of contaminants like mercury and lead in the environment.

Volunteers are needed to survey one morning between 5am and noon at the end of June to the first week of July.

Aitkin and Crow Wing counties: Karen McLennan, 218-203-4352,

Itasca County: Bry Persing, 218-735-3962,

Heidi Holtan is KAXE's Director of Content and Public Affairs where she manages producers and is the local host of Morning Edition from NPR. Heidi is a regional correspondent for WDSE/WRPT's Duluth Public Television’s Almanac North.