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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced a plan to research the effects of the Gulf oil spill on loons and pelicans.

DNR to study Gulf oil spill's effect on Minnesota loons

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BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. -- Most of Minnesota's adult loons and pelicans had flown north before last year's Gulf oil spill struck, but many of their offspring remained behind in the slick.

Now, state bird lovers and natural resource managers are anxiously waiting to see how many loons and pelicans return to Minnesota in April and what impact the oil spill had on two of the state's iconic water birds.

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