Identify Restoration Sites and Source Populations

Published: 29 October 2021
Last edited: 29 October 2021

In 1974, New Hampshire marked the southern edge of the range for Common Loons, and at the time that range was retracting. Recovery efforts carried out by loon conservation groups in New Hampshire and Vermont helped restore loon populations in those states. 

In Massachusetts, extirpation has made recovery in that state much slower. Currently, loon recovery in Massachusetts is still dependent on breeding success in northern New England and New York. BRI’s translocation research being carried out in Massachusetts provides an example of how a population at the edge of its range can be restored.


Alliance and partnership development
Co-management building
Collection of baseline and monitoring data and knowledge
Communication, outreach and awareness building
Scale of implementation
Phase of solution
Planning phase

Enabling factors

Working with state and local agencies as well as lake landowners helped facilitate the process of identifying restoration sites and source populations.


Lessons learned

Initial planning is critical to success.

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