The common loon, known for its haunting call and ability to dive more than 200 feet, is one of the least common nesting birds in Wyoming. It’s so rare, in fact, that only 22 pairs live in the entire greater Yellowstone ecosystem. And the next closest population is 200 miles northwest.
Just three months after its opening day in late July, outdoor Stations of the Cross at Cloisters on the Platte retreat center near Gretna has attracted more than 5,000 people.
The Ricketts Conservation Foundation funds the current study, with a goal of “re-establishing loons in their former breeding range and helping populations recover where they are declining.”