The Effects of Human Activity on the Tameness of Common Loons (Gavia immer) in Northern Wisconsin
TITLE: The Effects of Human Activity on the Tameness of Common Loons (Gavia immer) in Northern Wisconsin
CREATOR: Seth Yund
The process of habituation, defined as a decreased response to a recurring and insignificant stimuli, is a memorization process of large interest to behavioral ecologists. Common Loons, aquatic diving birds, of Canada and Northern Wisconsin have been shown the ability to habituate to many types of human disturbance on their resident lakes. However, the effect of water craft use on their fitness has not been measured. This study seeks to explain whether loons can habituate to this type of human disturbance.