Contact Us

Biting Black Flies Force Loons To Abandon Nests

Loon
iStockphoto

DULUTH (AP) — Biting black flies are causing loons to abandon their nests in northern Minnesota and north-central Wisconsin.

Walter Piper, a professor at Chapman University in Orange, California, says the flies have forced about 70 percent of nesting loons in an area of north-central Wisconsin to leave their eggs. He says that’s more than twice the highest rate of abandonment in the past 22 years.

Piper says a severe winter, followed by a cool spring and then a sudden warming in early May, caused an “explosion of black flies.”

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says northern Minnesota loons have been leaving their nests, too.

Volunteers have reported eight nest abandonments in the past two weeks, and biologists say there are likely many more.

More News from WJON

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://wjon.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on AM 1240 WJON quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on AM 1240 WJON quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!