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                                                         e-Newsletter Vol. 40
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The first loon nest was observed on May 13 on Bolster Pond in Sullivan, NH!  This pair was the first to nest in 2014 as well (assuming it's the same pair, of course)!  Since then, 47 loon nests have been initiated all around the state. Interestingly, the Monadnock monitoring region (where Bolster Pond is located) is off to a earlier-than-usual start, with 12 nests already.  And if all goes well, we might see our first loon chicks in the next week!

In the top photo, you can see the loon gently rotating the egg(s).  This is an important part of the incubation process because it allows for gas exchange and keeps the contents from adhering to the egg wall.  Photos courtesy of Brian Reilly.


Please remember if you come across a nesting loon to give it plenty of space.  We developed a great brochure a few years ago to help observers understand loon behavior.  Check it out when you have a chance!


As I mentioned in the last e-newsletter, our field season got underway on May 18.  After a 2-day orientation, our field biologists hit the ground running, or paddling, as it may be!

The 2015 field staff reviews data collection during their 2-day orientation at The Loon Center.


For the second year, Ryan Buchanan, a young resident of Chocorua Lake, is hosting another fishing derby to benefit the lake and loons on Saturday, July 11 from 10:30 am to 2 pm.  For more information or to donate, please click here.  He is very dedicated to the cause and realizes that education is critical to loon recovery in New Hampshire.


Lastly, I am thrilled to report that we exceeded our goal for the May Membership Drive with 37 new members! Congratulations to Philip Trasatti, the winner of the framed loon photograph, and to Mort & Gayle Speck, winners of the Common Man gift card and an LPC t-shirt.  Thank you so much to everyone who joined, and to our current members as well, who continue to support our work.


All the best,



Susie Burbidge

Outreach/Volunteer Coordinator

Late Spring Loon Rescues


Loon Preservation Committee staff responded to two loon rescues during the month of May.  The first one took place on May 13 when a loon found itself stranded in a small body of water in Cornish, NH, after a beaver pond was drained.

In the top photo, you can just barely see the loon in the narrow strip of water.  The bottom photo, taken by Carla Skinder, shows a close-up of the  loon in the little pond off Rte 120 in Cornish, NH. 


After a few unsuccessful rescue attempts from the canoe, LPC Senior Biologist John Cooley, helped by Meriden resident Carla Skinder, used a mist net below the water's surface to capture the loon.  The loon was transferred to wildlife rehabilitator Catherine Greenleaf, Director of Saint Francis Wild Bird Hospital in Lyme, NH, for additional care.  After a few days of being hydrated and given fish, it was released on Lower Baker Pond in Wentworth.  Follow up surveys last week by Catherine Greenleaf and LPC staff found the pond empty--a good sign that the released bird had recovered and moved on.


After a few tries to capture the loon from the canoe, Senior Biologist John Cooley & Carla Skinder decided to get their feet wet and coax the loon into an underwater mist net.  In the bottom photo, you can see the top of the net on the surface of the water.  John Cooley will put the loon in a box and transport it to St. Francis Wild Bird Hospital in Lyme, NH.  Photos courtesy of Carla Skinder. 


The next call came in on the morning of May 20 about another stranded loon on Rte 4 in Rollinsford, NH between Dover and the NH-Maine border.  The passerby who discovered the loon was able to hold it, while LPC coordinated with NH Fish and Game's Region 3 office.  Fish and Game Wildlife Biologist Pat Tate was able to retrieve the loon a short time later.  

The side of the road is not where we want to find a loon.  Thanks to Nick Gemis for contacting LPC and sharing this photo.

LPC Seacoast field biologist Ray Lewis (in his first day on the job) and biologist John Cooley then relayed the loon to Arbor Veterinary Services in Lee, NH where a radiograph showed no sign of fractures or ingested lead fishing tackle, a common problem in rescued loons.  The loon appeared uninjured except for scrapes on its feet.  LPC staff took the loon to the York Center for Wildlife in York, ME.  Although underweight, blood tests at the Center for Wildlife showed that the loon did not have any underlying infections or lead poisoning, and the loon remained energetic and alert.  The loon was released on May 23 on the coast in Ogunquit, Maine.


This successful rescue was a team effort, and Loon Preservation Committee appreciates the quick action of Nick Gemis, NH Fish and Game Region 3 staff, the Arbor Veterinary Services clinic, and York Center for Wildlife.  This was the third loon rescue from the Seacoast area this year!

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
Loon Preservation Committee