Cross-Border Study Examines Cormorants

An on-going study of cormorants on Rainy Lake will include increased attention on birds dwelling on the Canadian side of the international water-body this summer.

THIS Fort Francis Times story reports that a study originated by Voyageurs National Park is now a partnership between the park, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, and North Dakota State University.  The research seeks to learn more about the feeding behaviors of the large, black fish-eating bird.

Cormorants have been a lightening-rod species among some anglers who fear the birds are impacting game-fish populations. Cormorant numbers have increased in recent years, after the species was nearly wiped out in the middle of the last century.

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