Loon Census Report 2015
Dear Census Participant,
2015 NH Loon Census Results
Thank you for your participation in the 2015 Loon Census! Your observations continue to be an important part of our monitoring program. The census is a “snapshot in time” and helps us monitor NH’s loons and their progress in the middle of the breeding season. Results from the loon census are then rolled into our season-long monitoring. The 3rd Saturday in July is an important day not only in New Hampshire, but in Vermont, Maine and New York as well, where they also conduct a loon census that day. This event is a great way to generate more interest about loons and ways to protect them. We could not do this without your help!
This year, 457 observers covered 121 of New Hampshire’s lakes during the annual count on July 18th. A few lakes were covered for the first time in recent years (or ever) including Basin Pond in Chatham, Cooks Pond in Madison and Onway Lake in Raymond. We also had more than 45 new census participants this year which shows how this event helps produce and increase interest about loons in lake communities statewide. It’s an event that can be enjoyed by people of all ages—from 9-year old campers at Camp Deerwood to an 84-year old who has been doing the loon census since the late 70’s. It’s a rite of passage for some; an annual event that they look forward to each year. Census volunteers counted a total of 404 adult loons, 3 immature loons and 74 loon chicks. The number of loons counted this year was down significantly from previous years, but bad weather and poor visibility that morning kept some volunteers from going out to count loons, rightfully so.
Preliminary numbers from our season-long monitoring saw a record number of nesting pairs and chicks hatched in 2015! See the upcoming fall newsletter (due out in late October) for a detailed recap of the breeding season. We are always happy to hear about other loon activity throughout the summer. Please feel free to contact us anytime to let us know what you are seeing on your lake.
On behalf of everyone at LPC, thank you again for participating in our annual count!
Susie Burbidge John Cooley Chris Conrod Outreach/Volunteer Coordinator Senior Biologist Staff Biologist