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Artifi cial nesting islands, or rafts, are deployed in Gavia immer (Common Loon) territories to lessen the incidence of nest failures due to mammalian predation and water-level fl uctuations. The effectiveness of this management tool has been demonstrated in other studies; however, improper construction and deployment can result in lowered nesting success. Despite widespread use of rafts, detailed construction plans and a protocol for deployment are lacking. We present the raft construction anddoi:10.1656/1092-6194(2008)15[75:gfcadc]2.0.co;2 fatcat:p6jmfdnbingatghpq5uaiylegm