Loon Census Report 2018

2018 NH Loon Census Results
10 September 2018
Dear Census Participant,
Thank you for your participation in the 2018 Loon Census! This year, 513 observers covered 126 of New Hampshire’s lakes during the annual loon census, just over one third of the lakes that LPC surveys and monitors annually. A few loons were still on nests during the census on July 21—definitely a bit on the late side, but not out of question. In fact, later that day, the first chick hatched on LPC’s live loon cam. They couldn’t have timed it better! Caldwell Pond in Alstead, Contention Pond in Hillsborough, and Governor’s Lake in Raymond were new lakes added to our list of census lakes this year. A total of 469 adult loons were tallied, 5 immature loons (1-2 years old) and 86 loon chicks. Census participants were of all ages, from 9-75 (there may have been a younger or older participant that we are not aware of)! On one lake in our Seacoast monitoring region, the loon census is really a family event spanning four generations! That is pretty special.
Preliminary numbers from our season-long monitoring saw an increase in the number of nesting pairs, chicks hatched, and chicks surviving in 2018, but we lost more chicks at a higher rate than usual. With another year of high adult loon mortalities from ingested lead fishing tackle, it makes you wonder where the chicks will be coming from to replace these adults that have died. See the upcoming LPC Fall Newsletter (due out in November) for a detailed recap of the 2018 season. We are always happy to hear about other loon activity throughout the summer and fall. 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 for being part of this annual event! Your observations give us a “snapshot” in time of how the loon population is doing, and these results are rolled into our season-long monitoring. Save the date for the 2019 loon census on Saturday, July 20.
Susie Burbidge, John Cooley, Caroline Hughes,
Outreach/Volunteer Coordinator Senior Biologist Field Program Coordinator

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

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