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e-Newsletter Vol. 17        
In This Issue
Yakking for Loons Wrap-up
2012 Loon Census Summary
Upcoming Events

Volunteer Appreciation Potlucks

(see box to the right for more information)


LPC Annual Meeting

Thursday, 8/23 at 8:30 pm @ The Loon Center


Loon Cruise on Squam Lake

Friday, 8/24 at 3 pm


Friday, 8/31 at 3 pm*

** just added- last one of the season!
Did you Know?
Loons tuck their wings against their bodies while swimming underwater. They propel themselves underwater using their large webbed feet!



Adult and chick

Adult & older chick by Kittie Wilson  

Male Yodeling

Male Yodeling by Alexis Rudko 

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183 Lee's Mill Road
Moultonborough, NH 03254



The 2012 field season officially ended on August 10th, but we continue to welcome your observations for the remainder of the summer and throughout the fall.  On behalf of my fellow field biologists, I'd like to personally thank all of our volunteers for their time and dedication this summer.  The countless hours of observations, email and phone updates, boat rides, refuge from the rain, bathroom facilities and water bottle refills are an invaluable part of our field program.  We surveyed a record number of occupied or potential territories this year (over 480) and close to 350 lakes, which would not have been possible without help from our volunteers.  


To recognize and thank our volunteers we are hosting three Volunteer Appreciation Potlucks.  Here are the details:


Wednesday, August 22; 5:45 pm at Lake Sunapee Protective Association, Knowlton House, Sunapee Harbor


Thursday, August 23; 5:45 pm at The Loon Center in Moultonborough


Thursday, August 30; 5:45 pm at the Massabesic Audubon Center in Auburn


We will provide beverages, plates and utensils but please bring a dish to share.  RSVP to me at or call 603-477-2884 and let me know what you are bringing.


After the potluck, LPC Senior Biologist/Executive Director Harry Vogel will present trends in New Hampshire's loon population and a preliminary wrap-up of the 2012 season.  Nature Photographer John Rockwood will also be presenting a slideshow on the 23rd, followed by LPC's Annual Meeting. 


We hope you can join us!


All the best,


First Annual Yakking for Loons Event a Huge Success!

On July 13th, thirty-five paddlers met at the Lee's Mills boat launch on Winnipesaukee to participate in the first ever "Yakking for Loons."  Paddlers chose between two courses: the 2.5 mile "Ganzy" course or the 4.6 mile course in Green's Basin.  Winnipesaukee field biologist Liz Jackson accompanied kayakers on their trek and pointed out loon territories and chicks along the way.
Yakking for Loons 
Participants were treated to lunch provided by Curt's Caterers and got to take home a "Yakking for Loons" baseball cap! 
We'd like to thank Irving Oil for co-sponsoring the event with Curt's Caterers and to Wild Meadow Canoes of Center Harbor for providing rentals at a discounted rate.  
We would also like to recognize Linda Allen and Joanne Chesley for co-chairing and organizing the event, as well as, recruiting spotters Ralph Rannacher, Beverly Leonard, Elaine Chesley, Warren Reynolds, and John Allen to make sure the paddlers were safe along their routes. 

We look forward to the 2nd Annual "Yakking for Loons" next summer!  
2012 Loon Census Summary
On July 21st, 517 observers went out from 8-9 am to count loons on 123 lakes across the state.  A total of 488 adult loons, 73 chicks and 19 immature loons were counted that morning.  This count also included organized efforts on some of the larger lakes in the state including Squam, Winnipesaukee, Massabesic, Great East Lake, Sunapee and Mascoma, among others.
Adult and 2 chicks
Photo by Brian Reilly
 The total number of observers was down slightly from last year, but the total number of lakes covered was almost exactly the same.  


Following the census we had our 35th Annual Loon Festival which was a big success!  More than 400 people came to The Loon Center to enjoy music by Odd Men Out; face-painting; crafts and games, including a chance to dunk a field biologist in the dunk tank; loon slideshows; a close-up glimpse of a Saw-whet Owl with our friends from the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center; balloon creations by the talented Mo the Clown; and hot dogs courtesy of the Meredith Rotary Club!
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
Outreach/Volunteer Coordinator