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The 4th annual "Yakking for Loons" event was a big success again this year, raising over $4,000 to preserve loons and their habitats in New Hampshire.  More than 50 participants paddled around the Green's Basin area of Lake Winnipesaukee alongside LPC Executive Director Harry Vogel, Senior Biologist John Cooley and Winnipesaukee field biologist Liza Wright-Fairbanks. Many thanks to Irving Oil & Curt's Caterers for sponsoring the event; to Wild Meadow Canoes & Kayaks in Center Harbor for donating a kayak rental for 2 and for offering discounted rates for other rentals, and to Curt Caterer's who fed the paddlers a delicious lunch upon their return.

A group of loons is counted through the fog during the loon census on Long Pond in Lempster, NH.  Photo courtesy of Ciay Misa.

The morning of the loon census was a little damp and foggy in many parts of the state--thanks to everyone who braved the elements to go out and count loons!  I am working on compiling the results so hopefully they will be available by mid-August.  

Later that day, Mother Nature worked in our favor and the predicted rain held off during our Loon Festival.  July 18, 2015, was also declared Loon Appreciation Day by the NH State Senate in recognition of these iconic birds.

Senator Jeanie Forrester presents a Loon Appreciation Day certificate to LPC Executive Director Harry Vogel at our 38th annual Loon Festival.

I had the misfortune of capturing a sick loon yesterday on Little Lake Sunapee in New London, NH.  X-rays taken at Weare Animal Hospital revealed a metal object in the gizzard and its behavior leading up to the capture were indicative of lead poisoning.  Once it is necropsied, we will be able to confirm the type of fishing tackle found inside the loon.  I have assisted with other loon rescues in the past, but this was the first suspected lead loon that I have personally handled.  I can't describe how sad I felt for this loon.  It did not really resist capture or put up a fight as I placed it into the carrier. And on the way to rehabiliator Maria Colby, it did not make a sound. 

LPC, along with NH Fish & Game, and several other partnering agencies and organizations, have joined a region-wide initiative called Fish Lead Free to help anglers switch to non-lead fishing tackle. We are continuing to educate anglers before the new law goes into effect on June 1, 2016, banning the sale and freshwater use of all lead fishing sinkers and jigs weighing one ounce or less.  In addition to the suspected lead-poisoned loon above, LPC biologists have assisted with other loon rescues over the course of the summer.  Click here or scroll down to learn more.

The 2015 "Swim" is less than a week away!  Come show the swimmers your support at the Sandwich Town Beach around 11:30 am on Thursday, August 13, as they complete their 7-mile journey across Squam Lake.  Proceeds from this much anticipated event go towards the Squam Lake Loon Initiative, to help understand and reverse the declines of nesting loons on Squam Lake.

The 2015 field crew poses in front of the dunk tank after our annual 
Loon Festival. L to R- Bottom row: Emlyn Crocker (Monadnock), Tiffany Grade (Squam Lakes), Maya Rappaport (Lakes Region), Emily Fiorentino (field intern); Top row: Chris Conrod (Staff Biologist), Tyler Remick (Sunapee), Liza Wright-Fairbanks (Winnipesaukee), Ray Lewis (Seacoast), Gary Janco (North Country).


I can't believe that the 12-week field season is already over and we are saying goodbye to our field staff today.  Please continue to send your loon sightings to us anytime.  We'd love to hear how the chicks are doing (if applicable) and when the adults leave the lake.  As fall draws near, it's not uncommon to see larger groups of loons congregating on the lakes.  They become a little more social and a little less territorial as they get ready to head to their ocean wintering grounds.


2015 is shaping up to be another decent season for NH's loons. Come hear end of season results following one of our volunteer appreciation potlucks on August 18-20!  If you cannot make it to one of those events, full details on the 2015 breeding season will be available in LPC's Fall Newsletter.

Have a great weekend, 


Susie Burbidge

Outreach/Volunteer Coordinator

LoonRescuesA Busy Summer for Loon Rescues

In early June, we received multiple calls about a tangled loon on Lake Winnisquam. Unfortunately after two rescue attempts, we have not been able to get close enough to capture this loon.  

Photo of tangled loon on Lake Winnisquam taken on July 11.  Posted on LPC's Facebook page by Trisha Grant.

On July 12 (second rescue attempt), after carrying the stick for over a month, the loon was still diving for 60-90 seconds and traveling long distances underwater. We will continue to monitor this loon and welcome any additional reports or information if the loon appears to be slowing down. On July 8, another tangled loon was rescued from Mascoma Lake. The fishing line was wrapped around the loon's wings and was also inside its mouth.  X-rays taken at Weare Animal Hospital revealed a very large hook inside the loon. 

An x-ray reveals a very large fishing hook inside a loon that was captured on Lake Mascoma in early July.  Image courtesy of Weare Animal Hospital.

The loon was transferred to Tufts Veterinary Hospital where they attempted to remove the hook endoscopically. Unfortunately the hook was too big and chances of survival were quite slim, so the loon was euthanized. 

On July 27, a loon was rescued near Weirs Beach on Lake Winnipesaukee and taken to Interlakes Animal Hospital in Meredith for a radiograph.  They found an infected fracture at the top of the right tarsus and other wounds on the right foot which would prevent the loon from using its right leg ever again, so it was euthanized.  We are not sure how these injuries occured, but hopefully a necropsy will shed some light on what happened. 

On a happier note, a Red-throated Loon was rescued after it crash-landed on a road in New Hampton.  It was brought to the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center where we collected and transferred it to Maria Colby from Wings of Dawn Rehabilitation Center.  After a few days of R&R and some tasty fish, it was released on the coast!  Another tangled loon was rescued on Silver Lake in Tilton/Belmont on July 16.  X-rays taken at Interlakes Animal Hospital revealed no fishing tackle, so the loon was transferred (via Kappy Sprenger) to Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabiliation Center in Freedom, Maine.  It was released on the coast yesterday (see photo below)!

A common loon flaps its wings after being released in Penobscot Bay on August 6.  Photo courtesy of Avian Haven.

All of these stories should remind us how important it is to use non-lead fishing tackle only and to reel in around loons.

Event Spotlight: Carl R. Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament

When: August 17, 2015
           Registration- 7 am
           Shotgun Start- 8 am
           Lunch/Awards- 1 pm

Where: Ridgewood Country Club, Moultonborough

Registration Fee: $100/person ($400/foursome)

Registration Deadline: August 10; Click here to download a registration form.

Hole-in-One Prize: $10,000!
(Compliments of Paugus Bay Marina)

There will also be prizes for the top 3 teams, closest to pin, longest drive, putting contest, and an exclusive tournament raffle.

For more information or to register by phone, please call 603-476-5666.

Special thanks to Overhead Door Options, Advanced Land Surveying Consultants, Stewart's Ambulance Service and Mills Falls for sponsoring this event.
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