Date of Award

2015

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Biology

First Advisor

Jeff Walker

Second Advisor

James Paruk

Third Advisor

James E. Graves, Dean

Keywords

Loons and age for breeding, loons and conservation biologists, lake characteristics and loons

Abstract

Common Loons (Gavia immer) are a highly territorial , long-lived species of waterbird that breed throughout the northern tier of North America. Loons form pair bonds seasonally, on their breeding territories, but overwinter separately. Much is known about environmental effects on loon reproductive success but little is known about how parental experience affects reproductive outcomes. I investigated the effects that individual experience and breeding pair length have on the reproductive success of Common Loons. The data I used were a compilation of individual territory occupancy and breeding records that were obtained by the Biodiversity Research Institute in Gorham, Maine from the years 1994-2011 on lakes that were studied in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York.

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