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  • FINAL Common Loon Migration Update: May 4, 2000
    Most loons are back on territory, filling the north with their haunting calls and brilliant colors. They're settling into nesting, but why are nursery pools also important? Use balloons, rocks, and duct tape to understand how a loon dives so deep and floats high or low. See what conclusions you can draw about loon migration based on this spring's data!
  • Common Loon Migration Update: April 20, 2000
    Loons have been charging full speed ahead toward their northern breeding lakes. If you blinked, you may have missed the migration! Check out the map and the latest migration data. Sonograms prove that people who say "My loons are back" are probably right. See our lessons on mercury and lead's effect on loons, and send for free steel sinkers to protect loons.
  • Common Loon Migration Update: April 6, 2000
    The loons are on the move! Does it really take a ton of fish to feed a pair of loons and their chicks over one breeding season? Find out where the loon's food chain starts and ends. How will you recognize the loons' tunes and what they mean? Try a loon balancing act with clay and imagination. Find out how a loon's beak, eyes, legs, and feet stay warm when exposed to cold water.
  • Common Loon Migration Update:March 23, 2000
    Wearing shiny new plumage, a few early loons are already returning to their northern lakes. We interview Kevin Kenow about his groundbreaking satellite tracking of loons. What surprised him the most? Check out our map of Loon #2539's migration and see how many new Challenge Questions you can answer. How do a loon's feathers make a perfect wet suit?
  • Common Loon Migration Update: March 9, 2000
    What new technology is helping loon biologist Kevin Kenow find answers to age-old questions? Meet Loon #2539, a "loon online"! Using the newest satellite data, can you find some answers to your own loon questions?
  • Common Loon Migration Update: February 24, 2000
    Loons haven't begun migrating yet, but they're growing all new feathers in preparation for their journey. What makes this a risky time for loons? How can you become a keen loon observer? And why not join storytellers in explaining the marvels and mysteries of these ancient water birds!

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