Celebrating and Protecting NH’s Elusive Loon

There is nothing like the haunting call of a loon on a quiet night—it is an unmistakable and soothing sound of summer in the Lakes Region. Here in New Hampshire, loons are treasured as an integral part of lake life, and folks all around the state are working together to monitor, protect, and celebrate this beautiful and endangered animal.

The Loon Preservation Committee (LPC) was created in 1975 in response to concerns about a dramatically declining loon population and the effects of human activities on loons. Since then, the LPC staff and a large grassroots network of over 1,500 members and volunteers have undertaken state-wide monitoring, research, management, and outreach to preserve loons and their habitats. Their work of over 40 years has had a profound positive effect, not only for the loon population, but also for other species that depend on clean water, natural shorelines, and functioning ecosystems. In celebration of these efforts, the LPC has some great events this summer that the whole family will enjoy…

Loon Cruises on Squam Lake – Mondays & Fridays, June 6 – August 29, 3:00 pm

The LPC is delighted to announce they are joining forces again this summer with the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center to offer special weekly cruises on Squam Lake focusing on loon conservation, biology, and monitoring. On each Loon Cruise the Science Center Tour Captain will be joined by Tiffany Grade, Squam Lake Project Biologist, who will guide the tour and discuss the work LPC is doing across the state and on Squam Lake to protect loons. The route of the cruise (which lasts 90 minutes) will be chosen to maximize loon observations. The Loon Cruise leaves from the Science Center Lake Cruise dock between the Route 3 bridge and Walter’s Basin Restaurant in Holderness. Reservations are recommended. The cost for these tours is $25 per adult, $23 per senior and $21 per youth (3-15). Please call the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center at 603-968-7194 for tickets.

39th Annual Loon Festival – Saturday July 16th from 10 am to 2 pm at The Loon Center

Come join the fun at the 39th Annual Loon Festival at The Loon Center in Moultonborough, NH. There’s something for everyone at the Loon Festival – crafts and balloons for the kids, slide presentations by loon biologists for the adults, and food, beverages, and wildlife exhibits for everyone. Try your hand at Pin the Chick on the Loon game or take the Loon Facts quiz and win 3 throws at the dunk tank! Other activities include face painting, storytelling, and the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center Discovery Table with animal exhibits. The festival will take place rain or shine, and admission is free!

2016 Summer Nature Talk Series – Thursdays, July 7 – August 25, 7:30 pm at The Loon Center

The LPC is hosting some fun and educational talks and demonstrations again this summer! Upcoming on July 21st is Birds of the Lakes Region. Bob Fox and Dana Duxbury Fox of Center Tuftonboro will introduce you to the Summer Birds of the Lakes Region and the habitat in which you are likely to find them. Bob and Dana have birded throughout the U.S. and around the world, and have shared their experiences with audiences in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Dana is a proud recipient of the 2015 Spirit of the Loon Award, and Bob received the 2014 Goodhue-Elkins Award for “contributions to the ornithology of New Hampshire.” Other talks in the series include Aquatic Critters, Bald Eagle Recovery in New Hampshire, and Moose in New Hampshire. Admission is free, and donations are much appreciated. For more information on the Nature Talk Series, please visit www.loon.org or call 603-476-5666.

The Loon Preservation Committee has many more ways to get involved, celebrate, and learn about these marvelous and mysterious birds and how you can help protect them. Check out the great programs available at www.loon.org. Long live the loon!

For additional information on Meredith and some of the great events happening around the Lakes Region, visit www.meredithareachamber.com and www.lakesregion.org. And don’t forget to stop by the Mill Falls at the Lake website, too, at www.millfalls.com.

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

Photo courtesy of the Loon Preservation Committee

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