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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is sponsoring a voluntary loon survey and is recruiting volunteers to provide details about loon habitat and behavior. Special to The Forum

Minnesota seeks volunteers to count loons, Will help track effects of 2010 oil spill

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FERGUS FALLS, Minn. - Volunteers could help Minnesota officials track effects of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill on their state bird.

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Amy Childers has helped track the common loon for the past three years.

"They're unique and beautiful, and to me, it represents the wildness of Minnesota," said the DNR outreach specialist. "I think it's something special I can do to help."

The Minnesota Loon Monitoring Program originally started in 1994.

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