AROUND THE POND
The Loon Preservation
Committee (LPC) was created in 1975 in response to concerns about
a dramatically declining loon population and the effects of human
activities on loons. LPCs mission is to restore and maintain
a healthy population of loons throughout New Hampshire; to monitor
the health and productivity of loon populations as sentinels of
environmental quality; and to promote a greater understanding of
loons and the larger natural world
Learn more at : www.loon.org
Here are some tips from the Loon Preservation Committee
Give the loons some
Appreciate loons from
a safe distance with a good pair of binoculars. Give nesting and
brooding loons a wide berth, at least 50-100 yards. Loons flushed
from the nest may abandon their eggs. After lead sinker poisonings,
boat collisions are the highest known cause of loon deaths in New
Hampshire. Loon chicks are especially vulnerable to boat collisions,
and may be exposed to predators if they become separated from their
Get the lead out!
Use non-lead fishing
sinkers and jigs, and retrieve broken fishing line. Fishing line
entanglement and lead poisoning from sinkers are leading causes
of mortality for New Hampshire loons.
Read the signs!
Learn to read the signs
of loon behavior. Foraging loons will communicate alarm by squaring
their brow and sinking lower in the water-signs that the observer
should quickly back away. An agitated nesting loon will lower its
head over the edge of its nest, ready to flee. If you see this,
move away-you're much too close!
Alarmed loons may also give their famous "laughing" tremolo
or yodel calls, spread their wings, and even do an upright "penguin
dance". Make sure that you are not the source of the alarm,
and then keep an eye out-- when the distress is caused by non-human
disturbance, such as the territorial intrusion of another loon,
you may get to see a fascinating display of wildlife behavior.
on Long Pond
1. Loons Arrived: Late
2. # of chicks hatched:
3. Loons left Long Pond:
1. 2011 Pond Open- April 22
2. Loons Arrived: April 23
3. Two chicks hatched around June 28th
1. 2012 Pond Open - March 20th
2. Loons Arrived: March 24th
3. No Chicks survived
1. 2013Pond Open- April 15
2. Loons Arrived: April 16
3. Two chicks hatched July 21st and 22nd (second try)
1. 2014 Pond Open- April 20
2. Loons Arrived: April 22
All Recordings Courtesy of Lang Elliott Nature Sound Studios.
Do you have some great
photos of our loons?
Attach them to an email
and send them