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Loons in Maine: What is Being Done To Manage and Protect This Aquatic Bird and Maine Icon?


This show is part of Maine Calling's ongoing coverage of topics that reflect the unique character of Maine. This episode was originally broadcast April 5, 2019, and was rebroadcast June 7, 2019.

One of the beloved symbols of Maine, the loon is categorized as a “species of greatest conservation need.” We’ll learn about why the loon is such an iconic Maine species, how the loon population is doing in Maine, and what conservation efforts are underway to protect this aquatic bird and its habitat.


Danielle E. D'Auria, wildlife biologist, bird group, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

Susan Gallo, executive director, Maine Lakes Society; longtime head of Maine Loon Count

James Paruk, associate professor, biology department, St. Joseph's College

Mark Pokras (by phone), wildlife veterinarian and associate professor emeritus, Wildlife Clinic & Center for Conservation Medicine, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University