Students Ask and Experts Answer
did the loon get its name?
is the scientific name and classification of the loon?
males and females have the same plumage?
do loons have red eyes?
are a loon's air sacs?
might a loon's air sacs determine how high or low in the water the loon
do loons have such small wings when they have such big bodies?
Q. Are loons
Q. Why do loons need
to run for take off?
Q. Why aren't loons
found on small lakes or ponds?
Q. How fast
can a loon fly?
are loons silent in the winter in the south?
long is the normal lifespan of a loon?
do loons need to raise young successfully?
all the loons return to their summer breeding lakes in the north?
Q. Do loons have
the same mate from year to year?
Q. How do loons mate?
big are a loon's eggs?
do loons lay only two eggs?
color are loon eggs?
are the eggs laid and hatched on different days?
do young loons fight?
do scientists hope to learn by banding loons?
do researches get tags on the loons to track them?
Q. What do loons
eat in their summer breeding grounds?
do loons eat in their winter feeding grounds?
do migrating loons frequently fly with their mouth open?
far (long) can loons fly at one period of time?
Q. How do loons manage
to time their arrival on a lake for the very day of, or the day after,
Q. What if loons head
north too early?
do loons do in most years when they find their lakes frozen?
do loons migrate to the ocean instead of spending the winter on inland
lakes that don't freeze?
Q Why would it be a problem
for a loon to be on a lake when ice starts forming?
do loons stop to rest during their migration?
How do loons, who breed in fresh water lakes, adapt to salt water
when they migrate to the oceans for wintering?
do loons molt?
do loons molt?
do loons lose and then grow all their flight feathers at once, instead
of one or two at a time like crows, hawks, and eagles do?
does molting affect a loon?
Q. What is the reason
for loons 'rafting' in the fall before their southern migration? (Rafting
means gathering in huge numbers.)
Q. Will loons
use any lake for rafting, or are there special requirements?
are the threats to loons today?
If a loon were trying to
elude a motorboat, would it be more likely to dive or to sink into the
water? How about if it were trying to elude a distant Bald Eagle?
does mercury from the atmosphere end up in a loon?
Q. What kinds and sizes
of fish are worst for mercury contamination?
Q. What are some
effects of mercury poisoning on loons?
Q. How widespread
is mercury pollution in North America?
Q. Does the mercury
in lakes ever "go away," or must it forever be part of the food
chain, ending up in fish and loons?
Q. What methods are
available to remove mercury from lakes?
Q. How do scientists
study mercury levels in loons?
Q. What can studying
a loon's feathers tell about mercury in its body?
Q. Does intake
of mercury cause loons to live shorter lives?
Q. Are food eaten
in the summer more likely to give loons mercury than fish they eat on
the wintering grounds?
Q. Why is research
on mercury contamination of loons important for human health?
Q. What factors
make loons good "early warning" indicators for human health?
does the term bioaccumulate mean?
someone have a pet loon?