The Canadian Lakes Loon Survey is a long-term, volunteer-based project that has been monitoring the breeding success of loon on lakes across Canada for 20 years. It has been using loons, especially loon chicks, as indicators of lake health and also to address conservation issues along shorelines and to monitor the improvements in the water quality of lakes from acid rain. Loons are also directly affected by increased human activity on lakes through shoreline development and increased watercraft use on lakes.