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The Waterbird Society announces the publication of a special volume on the conservation issues facing members of the Loon Family (Gaviidae) with an emphasis on the Common Loon (Gavia mimer), but including papers on Red-throated Loons (Gavia stellata) and Yellow-billed Loons (Gavia adamsii).  The Loon Research and Conservation in North America Special Issue of Waterbirds is a series of technical, peer-reviewed papers commonly related to loon biology and conservation, that represent the proceedings of the workshop The Status of Gavia: Conservation in Black and White held August 14, 2012, at the University of British Columbia as part of the 5th North American Ornithological Conference.  This special issue presents 15 papers (listed below) that further our understanding of Gavia behavior, life-history and population ecology, movements and migrations, habitat and landscape requirements and the impacts contaminants have had on loon populations. 



Loon Research and Conservation in North America


Preface to the Loon Workshop Proceedings, North American Ornithological Conference, University of British Columbia, 14 August 2012.

Jeff Fair


Introduction: An Overview of Loon Research and Conservation in North America.

James D. Paruk, John N. Mager, III and David C. Evers



A Molecular Genetic Assessment of Sex Ratios from Pre-fledged Juvenile and Migrating Adult Common Loons (Gavia immer).

Abigail L. Debiak, Damon L. McCormick, Joseph D. Kaplan, Keren B. Tischler and Alec R. Lindsay


Risk of Predation and Weather Events Affect Nest Site Selection by Sympatric Pacific (Gavia pacifica) and Yellow-billed (Gavia adamsii) Loons in Arctic Habitats.

Trevor B. Haynes, Joel A. Schmutz, Mark S. Lindberg and Amanda E. Rosenberger


Variation in the Vocal Behavior of Common Loons (Gavia immer): Insights from Landscape-level Recordings.

Daniel J. Mennill


Dynamics of an Aggressive Vocalization in the Common Loon (Gavia immer): A Review.

John N. Mager, III and Charles Walcott


Common Loons (Gavia immer) Wintering off the Louisiana Coast Tracked to Saskatchewan during the Breeding Season.

James D. Paruk, Darwin Long, IV, Scott L. Ford and David C. Evers


Size and Retention of Breeding Territories of Yellow-billed Loons (Gavia adamsii) in Alaska and Canada.

Joel A. Schmutz, Kenneth G. Wright, Christopher R. DeSorbo, Jeff Fair, David C. Evers, Brian D. Uher-Koch and Daniel M. Mulcahy


Body Mass in Common Loons (Gavia immer) Strongly Associated with Migration Distance.

Carrie E. Gray, James D. Paruk, Christopher R. DeSorbo, Lucas J. Savoy, David E. Yates, Michael D. Chickering, Rick B. Gray, Kate M. Taylor, Darwin Long, IV, Nina Schoch, William Hanson, John Cooley and David C. Evers


Wildlife Criterion Value for the Common Loon (Gavia immer) in the Adirondack Park, New York, USA.

Nina Schoch, Allyson K. Jackson, Melissa Duron, David C. Evers, Michale J. Glennon, Charles T. Driscoll, Xue Yu, Howard Simonin and Amy K. Sauer


Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons Detected in Common Loons (Gavia immer) Wintering off Coastal Louisiana.

James D. Paruk, Darwin Long, IV, Christopher Perkins, Andrew East, Bryan J. Sigel and David C. Evers


The Effects of Lakeshore Development on Common Loon (Gavia immer) Productivity in the Adirondack Park, New York, USA.

Carolyn A. Spilman, Nina Schoch, William F. Porter and Michale J. Glennon


Common Loon (Gavia immer) Nesting Habitat Models for North-central Minnesota Lakes.

Paul J. Radomski, Kristin Carlson and Kevin Woizeschke 


Survival of Adult Red-throated Loons (Gavia stellata) May be Linked to Marine Conditions.

Joel A. Schmutz


Landscape Assessment of Habitat and Population Recovery of Common Loons (Gavia immer) in Massachusetts, USA.

Vincent A. Spagnuolo


The Impact of Mercury Exposure on the Common Loon (Gavia immer) Population in the Adirondack Park, New York, USA.

Nina Schoch, Michale J. Glennon, David C. Evers, Melissa Duron, Allyson K. Jackson, Charles T. Driscoll, John W. Ozard and Amy K. Sauer

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