Understanding Loon Migration

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"Where do Adirondack loons go in the Winter?"

 

Every fall, as the days turn cooler, and then cold and crisp, the most common and intriguing question posed to the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation is: “Where do the loons go for the winter?”  

The Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation and its collaborators utilize a variety of techniques, including banding, geolocators, and satellite telemetry, to learn more about the migratory pathways of Adirondack Loons.

Although many questions remain unanswered, these new advances in technology help us get a better understanding of loon travel routes and patterns. Our satellite telemetry study showed that adult loons migrated from the Park to the Atlantic coast in less than a day. Band returns and sightings from Adirondack loons also indicates that the birds have traveled as far south as the coast of North Carolina and the Gulf coast of Florida

 
Map shows known wintering areas of banded Adirondack loons, based on band resightings, band returns, and satellite telemetry data from 1999-2014. Map courtesy of Jeff Tash, Biodiversity Research Institute.

Map shows known wintering areas of banded Adirondack loons, based on band resightings, band returns, and satellite telemetry data from 1999-2014. Map courtesy of Jeff Tash, Biodiversity Research Institute.