Loons – Look for Them, Count Them and Avoid Them

Our loons are important and their big day is on July 19, 2014, 8-9 am as  the Loon Preservation Committee will be conducting the annual Loon Census. You can help with the census. Also, please be on the look out for loons as the babies can’t dive for a few weeks.  If you would like to participate on Lake Wentworth or Crescent Lake, please contact Hugh Crawford at 569-1355 or hjcrawfish at aol dot com., for maps and forms. Those who have participated in the past, have enjoyed the experience and do it year after year. Hugh can always use more people doing this and it is quite easy and gets you out on the lake! You are assigned a “sector” and during the “counting hour”, you count the loons in your sector, put down where and when you saw them which helps get an accurate count. (The loons should know that they need to help in the process but sometimes try to make it difficult.)

ALSO, the loon chicks can’t dive for a few weeks. An adult will always be near them but it does mean that you should watch and avoid them. Remember, give the loons space and if they start “dancing” or doing other strange things, they are trying to get you to go away. This stresses them and the chick so go away. They will thank you for it.

Enjoy the loons and the lake but watch where you drive your boat. You don’t want to kill a baby loon or a person either……