Loon Fight

                                                    e-Newsletter Vol. 4
In This Issue
Another Loon Saved
LPC's Holiday Open House
Did You Know?
Loons (and other seabirds) have a salt gland which helps them remove excess salt from the water they drink while on the ocean.
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Happy Holidays!
Are you still struggling to find the perfect present for someone on your list?  How about giving the gift of membership to LPC this holiday season.  As a member you will receive LPC's (paper) newsletter 3 times a year, invitations to LPC's special events, a 10% discount on all merchandise in our gift shop and a membership decal.  In addition, your membership allows LPC to continue its monitoring, research, management and outreach efforts in support of loons. 

You can also visit the Loon Feather's Gift shop online to purchase unique gifts for the loon lovers on your list or stop by the Loon Center for one-of-a-kind gifts.  There you'll find the "Prouty Loon," a hand-blown glass ornament reproduced from an original photograph by board member, Jordan Prouty.  You can also find glassware, welcome mats, and photographs by LPC volunteers and loon enthusiasts.  The Loon Center is open Monday-Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm until December 31st (closed Christmas Day).  

We wish you all a very happy and healthy holiday!

All the best in 2011,

Susie Burbidge
Outreach/Volunteer Coordinator

 Another Loon Saved


Orange Pond Ice

A juvenile loon was rescued on Orange Pond, NH last week after the pond was almost completely frozen over.  This was the first time a pair of loons have nested on the pond and they successfully raised a chick (this was quite a feat especially considering the pond is less than 30 acres in size!).  After a weekend away, LPC volunteers Kristen Laine and Jim Collins came home to a pond nearly frozen, and a juvenile loon hanging out in a small 6x6 opening approximately 30 feet from shore (above).  Using caution and determination, they were able to carefully break up the ice to create a channel near the middle of the pond.  John Cooley went over to assist during the first rescue attempt, but unfortunately the loon continued to dive away from them so they were unable to capture it (photo below-John Cooley & Jim Collins in a rescue boat).   

 Rescue Effort


Mother nature then stepped in with heavy rain and winds and warmer temperatures, breaking up any remaining ice.  This was the loon's best (and only) chance to leave the pond and head for the ocean.  To hear more about this amazing story as told first-hand by Kristen Laine, please follow this link.    


Photos by Kristen Laine

Good Times Had by All at LPC's Holiday Open House


Santa carriageFace painting

Photo credits- (L) Tiffany Grade; (R) Rachel Williams


LPC's Holiday Open House was a big success!  Just over 200 people visited the Loon Center on Saturday, November 27th for a day filled with fun crafts for the kids, horse-drawn carriage rides, a visit with Santa Claus, face-painting and delicious food donated by local businesses.  It would not have been possible without the help of the following volunteers: Heather Vernon, Tiffany Grade, Barb & Herb Lauterwasser, Anne McLean, Christine Cordelli, Jacquie Colburn, Lydia & Nate Torr, Elizabeth Mahan, Cydonia Hubicki, Sage Hubicki, Linda Allen, Ron O'Bara, Rachel Williams (Mrs. Claus), Ken Mahl, Terry Wetzler-Finn and Armand Maheux (Santa Claus).  We would also like to thank Cedar Sanderson for painting faces, Jay Hurd & family for bringing their horses and carriage and Lamprey & Lamprey for sponsoring the horse-drawn carriage rides. 


Congratulations to our raffle winners, Susanne Hamilton of Ontario (canoe), Robert Brown of NH (framed print) and Karol Hitt Rowan of Delaware (quilt)!  Thanks to everyone who bought raffle tickets to support LPC's efforts to protect loons and their habitats in New Hampshire.


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.
Loon Preservation Committee
Save 20%

The Loon's Feather Gift Shop, located at the Loon Center in Moultonborough, is chock full of new and interesting items for loon lovers.  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).