For my applied project, I plan to create an informational illustrated book containing information regaurding the conservation status of the common look . I will illustrate this species and include their conservation status, diet, habits and what is threatening this species. I also want to illuminate the importance of the conservation of the common loon. I want to explore the question, “what is the reason for the endangerment of these bird species and what can be done to assist these populations?”
I really want to inform people about this threatened bird species and the importance of conservation. I think if I include illustrations to go along with the information they will be more interesting to look at and if someone was to look through my book, they would perhaps be able to recognize that bird somewhere else and remember the information that goes along with them from my book.
This project will relate to my interdisciplinary learning as it combines both the ecology of these birds as well as the act of conservation. I will go into detail of how the loons interact with their environment and the cause of their decreasing numbers.
I will plan out what I want to get done before I begin my project. I want to spend a few hours everyday working on my illustrations so they are as accurate as possible. I also want to make sure the check my sources accuracy and find more local sources to get my information from. I will plan out each page before I begin. Each page will contain at least one illustration to go along with the included text and focus on one aspect of this bird. For example, one page will focus on general information: where they can be found, their diet, lifestyles etc. As the book goes on, I will begin to dive deeper into the issues this species is facing.
I will post each individual page on my ePort to document my progress. Doing this will also help my keep track of what I have done and what I have left to complete. I think my project will be considered successful if I am able to get people interested in the idea of conservation.
Research Article Prospectus & Timeline
I will write a research paper about the issues facing to common loon. This will include both abiotic, biotic and anthropogenic factor that have both positive and especially negative effects on this species. I am working on the topic of the threatened conservation status of the common loon because I want to find out what the main driver of their decreasing population is in order to help my reader understand why conservation of this species is so important.
I’ve always had a huge passion for wildlife. My late grandfather was an avid birder and really inspired me to have an interest as well. I never had a chance to get so close and work with birds until my junior year of college, which is when I was first able to handle birds and learn a great deal about them. I’m hoping that once I graduate I will be able to get a job that involves working with bird in any way I can, whether it be participating in point-counts or being more hands-on and banding birds to keep track of certain individuals of a species.
The audience I’m aiming for is anybody who is even remotely interested in the idea of conservation. I want to get people excited about this species so they’ll want to participate in their conservation.
I want to find out what is leading to the decrease in numbers of the common loon. Specifically, to find out what is leading to high chick/egg mortality, whether it be an abiotic, biotic or anthropogenic factor. I’ve read up on a few sources that I believe will be helpful. One of them is the Loon Preservation Committee based in New Hampshire. I’m hoping to find information from sources that are more local as opposed to general information from general sources.
I’m hoping to get started on my research article as soon as possible. As this will be a research paper, I will need to include an abstract, introduction, methods, results and discussion section. Depending on when I begin, I will focus on each section one at a time, beginning with my introduction and ending with my abstract. Ideally, I will be able to complete 1-2 sections per week, spending several hours in a day working on each.
Kenow, Kevin P.; Meier, Melissa S.; McColl, Laurie E.; Hines, Randy K.; Pichner, Jimmy; Johnson, Laura; Lyon, James; Scharold, Kellie Kroc; and Meyer, Michael, “HUSBANDRY REPORTS Hand‐Rearing, Growth, and Development of Common Loon (Gavia Immer) Chicks” (2014). USGS Staff — Published Research. 831.
Sidore, Inga F.”Mortality of the Common Loon in New England, 1987 to 2000.” Loon Preservation Committee. 1987-2000.
Strong, Paul. “The Suitability of the Common Loon as an Indicator Species”. United States Department of Agriculture. 1990