TO RESCUE A LOON

a juvenile common loon sits in a small opening of water on icy Cross Lake
Juvenile common loon “iced in” on Cross Lake, photo by National Loon Center
A volunteer firefighter stands on the ice holding a net while a second firefighter is in the small hole of water attempting the loon rescue
Volunteer firefighters attempting a loon ice rescue on Cross Lake, photo from Crosslake Fire Department
MN DNR conservation officer, NLC volunteer, and two firefighters in survival suits stand along the icy shore of the lake behind the gray container holding the rescued loon.
MN DNR conservation officer, NLC volunteer, and Crosslake volunteer firefighters, photo from Crosslake Fire Department
A common loon sits on the lake with one of its back legs sticking out of the water showing a color red and orange band along with a silver federal band.
A common loon with color bands on its leg that was banded in the summer of 2021, photo from National Loon Center
an x-ray of the chest and wings of the rescued common loon with a red arrow pointing at the wing injury
An x-ray of the loon shows where the wing was likely hit by a boat propeller. The wing is sheared at the metacarpal bone. Photo by Wild and Free rehab center.

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