Habitat selection by loons in southcentral Alaska

  title={Habitat selection by loons in southcentral Alaska},
  author={Anne K. Ruggles},
Three species of loons nest in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, an area 80 km north of Anchorage in southcentral Alaska. This is a region of intense change; its human population doubled between 1980–1990 to almost 36000 people. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game through its Loon Watch Program has monitored 150 to 200 lakes since 1984, half of which are used by loons. Common loons (Gavia immer) nested on lakes of at least 12 ha while Pacific loons (G. pacifica) used lakes as small as 4 ha. Red… CONTINUE READING


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