Big birds: Loon design gets most votes in license plate poll

  • Updated: March 24, 2009 - 9:58 AM
Loons: 19,487 votes.

Loons collected 19,487 votes.

Minnesotans love their fishing -- but they also love their loons.

An image of a pair of loons was the top vote-getter among eight potential new images for Department of Natural Resources "critical habitat'' license plates, according to results of a nonbinding online DNR poll that drew nearly 30,000 responses.

DNR Commissioner Mark Holsten and Department of Public Safety Commissioner Michael Campion will decide which four of the eight plates will be offered to motorists later this year. The four will be in addition to the current loon and deer designs, which will be retained as long as they continue to sell. The loon plate, introduced in 2002, outsells the deer plate 3 to 1.

Officials have said the results of the poll, which began March 10 and closed Monday, are advisory, and the agencies could use other factors to determine which four plates to offer.

That decision is expected to be announced Friday at the Minneapolis Auto Show, said the DNR's Lori Naumann.

But, she said, "The flood [in northwestern Minnesota] might throw a wrench into that plan.'' Officials may not want to promote the license plate selections while a disaster is unfolding.

Motorists who purchase the plates contribute at least $30 to the Reinvest in Minnesota program. Those dollars are matched with private donations of cash or land. The plates produced more than $25 million toward the purchase of 7,700 acres of critical habitat and have helped fund nongame research and surveys, habitat enhancement and educational programs.

LOONS collected 19,487 total votes.

TWO ANGLERS silhouetted in a boat, 17,844 votes.

LADY-SLIPPER was No. 3, with 13,919 votes.

WALLEYE, which collected 13,267 votes.

Rounding out the vote at No. 5 was a wood duck, with 13,074 votes; at No. 6 a whitetail buck, with 12,964 votes; at No. 7 a flushing pheasant, with 12,214 votes and No. 8 a black-capped chickadee, with 11,682 votes.


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St. Louis 5
Pittsburgh 4 FINAL
Minnesota 2
St. Louis 1 FINAL
Washington 1
Boston - LP: C. Buchholz 2 FINAL
Atlanta - WP: J. Teheran 4
NY Yankees 10 FINAL
Philadelphia 0
Tampa Bay 0 Cancelled
Baltimore 0
Detroit 1 FINAL
Toronto 4
Chicago WSox 3 FINAL
Chicago Cubs 6
Texas 6 FINAL
Oakland 7
Cleveland 2 FINAL
Arizona 3
Arizona 7 FINAL
LA Angels 2
Miami 0 Cancelled
Houston 0
Seattle - LP: J. Paxton 1 FINAL
Kansas City - WP: Y. Ventura 5
San Francisco 8 FINAL
Los Angeles 4
Colorado 5 FINAL
San Diego 7
Milwaukee 8 FINAL
Cincinnati 6
Detroit 111 FINAL
Orlando 97
LA Clippers 119 FINAL
Philadelphia 98
Charlotte 107 FINAL
Washington 110
Boston 96 FINAL
New York 92
Cleveland 98 FINAL
Brooklyn 106
LA Lakers 83 FINAL
Toronto 94
Miami 86 FINAL
Atlanta 99
Golden State 107 FINAL
Memphis 84
Sacramento 88 FINAL
New Orleans 102
Minnesota 110 FINAL
Houston 120
Dallas 76 FINAL
San Antonio 94
Utah 91 FINAL
Denver 107
Portland 87 FINAL
Phoenix 81
Calgary 2 FINAL
Minnesota 4
Columbus 5 FINAL
Chicago 2
Dallas 0 FINAL
Edmonton 4
Gonzaga 74
NC State 65 FINAL
Louisville 75
Utah 57 FINAL
Duke 63
Kent State 73 FINAL
Northern Ariz 74
Michigan State 62 FINAL
Oklahoma 58
(15) North Carolina 65 FINAL
(3) South Carolina 67
(18) Iowa 66 FINAL
(5) Baylor 81
(9) Arizona State 65 FINAL
(7) Florida State 66
(14) Stanford 60 FINAL
(2) Notre Dame 81
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