Loon Census Report 2016

 

 2016 NH Loon Census Results 

16 August 2016 

Dear Census Participant, 

Thank you for your participation in the 2016 Loon Census! Your observations are part of a statewide snapshot of the loon population that informs LPC’s seasonal monitoring, and coincides with loon counts on the same day in Vermont, Maine, and New York. Thank you again for being a part of it! 

This year, 526 observers covered 121 of New Hampshire’s lakes during the annual count on July 16th, about one third of the lakes that LPC surveys and monitors annually. The census turned up a few surprises this year including a late nest on Ossipee Lake. Horn Pond in Wakefield was added to our list of census lakes, and participants on Streeter Pond celebrated the first-ever count of loon chicks there (in at least 40 years)! A total of 445 adult loons were tallied, 3 immature loons and 74 loon chicks. Better weather this year probably contributed to a greater turnout and a slightly higher number of adult loons observed this year than last. Stay tuned for the upcoming LPC Fall Newsletter for full details on the 2016 season. 

Please plan on joining us at one of the following volunteer appreciation potlucks: 

Tuesday, August 23 at 6 pm: The Harris Center, 83 King’s Highway, Hancock 

Wednesday, August 24 at 6 pm: Canaan Meeting House, near 450 Canaan Street, Canaan (across from Canaan Street Lake) 

Thursday, August 25 at 5:30 pm: The Loon Center, 183 Lee's Mill Road, Moultonborough 

Please bring a dish to share. We will provide beverages, plates and utensils. RSVP to Susie at volunteers@loon.org or call 603-477-2884 and let us know what you are bringing. Friends & family are welcome. After the potluck, Harry Vogel will present trends in New Hampshire's loon population and a wrap-up of the 2016 season. On August 25, Nature Photographer John Rockwood will also present a multi-media slideshow featuring loons on Lake Massabesic. 

On behalf of everyone at LPC, thank you again for participating in our annual loon count! 

Susie Burbidge John Cooley Caroline Hughes 

Outreach/Volunteer Coordinator Senior Biologist Field Program Coordinator

Read about: Legislation_to_protect_loons.pdf

Mascoma Lake Association  PO Box 9  Enfield, New Hampshire  03748  mla@mascomalakeassociation.org

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