Science of summer: Good news for baby loons
Ottawa Citizen

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By Tom Spears, Ottawa Citizen, August 18, 2017

This summer has been torture for loons, as a huge crop of biting flies drove adults off their nests across the northern U.S. states and southern Canada.

Parents abandoned their eggs in large numbers, often returning a week or two later to lay new eggs when the flies had gone. Many had babies that hatched very late in the season — in mid-July rather than the usual late May or June.

This got loon scientist Walter Piper wondering, and then writing: “Are late chicks doomed?”