Release and Monitoring

Published: 29 October 2021
Last edited: 29 October 2021

Chicks are reared for various lengths of time depending on age and how well they acclimate to the pen. Prior to release to the wild, chicks are given a full health assessment, and banded with a unique color and number combination. 


Once released, chicks adapt quickly, foraging on their own almost immediately. BRI biologists monitor the chicks daily when first released, then weekly until they fledge.


Collection of baseline and monitoring data and knowledge
Evaluation, effectiveness measures and learning
Technical interventions and infrastructure
Scale of implementation
Phase of solution

Enabling factors

Making sure the chicks are healthy and well fed before releasing them. A wildlife veterinarian is on staff. 

Lessons learned

Closely monitoring is critical to be sure of the chick's health, but to learn more about loon ecology.


Loon chicks acclimate quickly to the wild. 


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