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                                                    e-Newsletter Vol. 8
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Tales from the Field
Birdathon/Bloomathon Wrap-up

Upcoming Events

June 11 at 4 pm @ Massabesic Audubon Center
June 26, 2011
Church Landing, Meredith, NH
Saturday, July 16 from 8-9 am
Did You Know?
A Secchi disk is used to measure water transparency in lakes.  
What's that call?
Have you ever wondered what the different loon vocalizations mean?


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Moultonborough, NH 03254
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The first nest of the season was initiated on May 17 and each day we're finding more nests!  May 23 marked the official first day of the field season.  Eight field biologists (4 returning, 4 new) will monitor 350 lakes throughout the state during a 12-week field season.  Please make sure to say hello if you see them on your lake.  If you are interested in volunteering with LPC, please contact me to learn more about volunteer opportunities or click here.

Post Copulation

 "Love is in the Air."  Post-copulation photo taken by Brian Reilly.


The raft and sign building workshop was a success.  Special thanks to Bob & Dale Cunningham for coming all the way from Croydon, NH to help build rafts.

Raft building 


I'd also like to thank Moulton Farm in Meredith for donating the beautiful hanging plants that now adorn our front porch.  Make sure to bring your hiking shoes on your next visit to The Loon Center.  We have two walking trails that wind their way through the 200 acre Markus Wildlife Sanctuary which is adjacent to the center.   


I hope you've had a chance to get out and spend some time on the lakes!  


Happy loon watching,



Upcoming Events: Gala Luncheon & Benefit Auction, Golf Tournament and more!


Join LPC's Executive Director & Senior Biologist Harry Vogel and award winning nature photographer, author and naturalist John Rockwood for a joint presentation on loons at the Massabesic Audubon Center in Auburn, NH on Saturday, June 11 at 4 pm.  John Rockwood will give a multimedia presentation called "Diving In."  He will give an in-depth look into the Common Loon's fascinating behavior.  Videos and photographs used in the presentation were taken last summer on lakes in southern NH and on Squam Lake.  Harry will talk about the work of LPC biologists and how loon watchers can get involved to help loons.



Gala photo

                    Photo by Mark Wilson

GalaLPC's Annual Gala Luncheon & Benefit Auction will take place this year on Sunday, June 26 from 11:30 am-3 pm at Church Landing in Meredith, NH.  We are auctioning off many exciting items including an African safari, Tuscan vacation and an overnight in Boston.  Tickets are $45 per person.  If you or your organization are interested in being a Gala Sponsor please contact Lin O'Bara at 603-476-5666 or for more information.


The Carl R. Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament has been scheduled for August 15, 2011 at the Ridgewood Country Club in Moultonborough, NH.  We are also looking for sponsors for the tournament so please contact Linda Johnson at 603-476-5666 or for more information.

Tales From the Field - Truly Wild Winni, Part I

By Vincent Spagnuolo


Last season (2010) while roping off a loon nest in Robert's Cove (Plum Island) on Lake Winnipesaukee a truly wild sequence of events occurred before my eyes.  After deploying a loon nesting sign, I moved in to begin putting out the ropes on the shoreline adjacent to the nest.  While tying the line off to a tree, the bird flushed off its first flushing in 2 years working on Winni.  I rapidly moved away from the nest area and watched from a distance to make sure the loon returned to the nest.  Before I could get more than 100 feet from the nest, the loon was tremoloing wildly.  When I turned around to see what was going on, I saw a juvenile eagle approaching the undefended egg from its perch on the mainland shore. 


I had to watch this potential disaster unfold helplessly.  If the eagle were to get the egg, it would be a nest failure caused by human (biologist) disturbance with a secondary cause of failure being avian (eagle) predation.  Fortunately, the loon chased it back to the shoreline with much tremoloing and displaying, yet the persistent eagle returned for a second attempt.  This time the nest was guarded by both parents as the loon's mate rushed in upon hearing the distress calls. 


Being successful in chasing the eagle away to the shoreline on the opposite side of the island, the pair aggressively patrolled after it. I let them pursue out of sight around the island; after the debacle that just unfolded I did not want to add any further stress to the pair.  My thought was that the parents would most likely patrol their way clockwise around the island and back to the nest.  So the anxious wait began, as the eggs, still undefended, were without incubation on this cool day. 


Three minutes passed. Then four. Then five.  I couldn't wait any longer so I motored my whaler counter clockwise around Plum Island in hopes of encountering the errant pair.  Upon reaching the tip of the island nearest the entrance to the cove, I discovered the a fight with a third loon, another bird to be attracted by the commotion.  The parents battled un-inspiringly for nearly 10-15 minutes with diving, peering, and circling, all while their eggs lay exposed.  Eventually, to my joy, the intruder was driven off and the parents moved in the direction of the nest at a pace far slower than required to put me at ease.  A loon OTN or "On The Nest" was all I wanted to put down in my field notebook as I shadowed the pair on their journey back to the nest at a fair distance, monitoring their progress and the nest through binoculars.  Then when I was within 40 feet of the nest, the unthinkable happened....


Stay tuned for "Tales from the Field: Part 2 in the next e-newsletter.


Birdathon/Bloomathon Wrap-up


The 2011 birdathon/bloomathon was a big success with a new record of 119 bird species counted!  Thanks to participants Tony Vazzano, John Cooley, Lynne & Vince Route, Bob Crowley, Joe Scott, Tiffany Grade, Jane Rice and Chris Clyne for battling the black flies, mosquitoes and rain (torrential downpour at times).  They covered their favorite spots in Sandwich, Tamworth, W. Ossipee, Madison and Moultonbourough.  Highlights included Sora, Bicknell's Thrush, Boreal Chickadee, White-winged Scoters, Bonaparte's Gulls and a Cape May Warbler. {Red Eft salamanders were also spotted along the trail to Sandwich Dome; see photo below} 

 Red Eft

Red Eft photo by Lynne Route


Special thanks to all those who pledged and donated.  Participants are hoping to raise between $2500-$3000; 90% of which will go to LPC.  The rest of the proceeds go to the Lakes Region Chapter of NH Audubon so they can continue their free nature programs which are held spring, fall and winter at The Loon Center (see Bhutan Birds & People annoucement under "Upcoming Events.") 

The Loon Preservation Committee is dedicated to restoring and maintaining a healthy population of loons throughout New Hampshire; monitoring the health and productivity of loon populations as sentinels of environmental quality; and promoting a greater understanding of loons and the natural world.

Susie Burbidge
Loon Preservation Committee
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Come check out the new items in The Loon's Feather Gift Shop, located at the Loon Center in Moultonborough, NH.  Bring in your coupon and receive 20% off any non-sale item (sorry, this does not include items on consignment).


You can also visit our gift shop online (coupon does not apply to online purchases).