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2018 NH Loon Census Results
10 September 2018

Dear Census Participant,
Thank you for your participation in the 2018 Loon Census! This year, 513 observers covered 126 of New Hampshire’s lakes during the annual loon census, just over one third of the lakes that LPC surveys and monitors annually. A few loons were still on nests during the census on July 21—definitely a bit on the late side, but not out of question. In fact, later that day, the first chick hatched on LPC’s live loon cam. They couldn’t have timed it better! Caldwell Pond in Alstead, Contention Pond in Hillsborough, and Governor’s Lake in Raymond were new lakes added to our list of census lakes this year. A total of 469 adult loons were tallied, 5 immature loons (1-2 years old) and 86 loon chicks. Census participants were of all ages, from 9-75 (there may have been a younger or older participant that we are not aware of)! On one lake in our Seacoast monitoring region, the loon census is really a family event spanning four generations! That is pretty special.

Preliminary numbers from our season-long monitoring saw an increase in the number of nesting pairs, chicks hatched, and chicks surviving in 2018, but we lost more chicks at a higher rate than usual. With another year of high adult loon mortalities from ingested lead fishing tackle, it makes you wonder where the chicks will be coming from to replace these adults that have died. See the upcoming LPC Fall Newsletter (due out in November) for a detailed recap of the 2018 season. We are always happy to hear about other loon activity throughout the summer and fall. Please feel free to contact us anytime to let us know what you are seeing on your lake.

On behalf of everyone at LPC, thank you for being part of this annual event! Your observations give us a “snapshot” in time of how the loon population is doing, and these results are rolled into our season-long monitoring. Save the date for the 2019 loon census on Saturday, July 20.

Sincerely,
Susie Burbidge, John Cooley, Caroline Hughes,
Outreach/Volunteer Coordinator Senior Biologist Field Program Coordinator

2017 NH Loon Census Results
13 September 2017

Dear Census Participant,

Thank you for your participation in the 2017 Loon Census! Your observations are part of a statewide snapshot of the loon population that informs LPC’s seasonal monitoring, and coincides with loon counts on the same day in Vermont, Maine, and New York. Thank you again for being a part of this annual event!

This year, 485 observers covered 118 of New Hampshire’s lakes during the annual count on July 15th, about one third of the lakes that LPC surveys and monitors annually. A few census participants were probably surprised to see some loons still on the nest in the middle of July—a result of high water levels early in the season and a slight delay in nesting. The Enfield Reservoir in Enfield and Little Island Pond in Pelham were added to our list of census lakes this year. A total of 423 adult loons were tallied, 7 immature loons and 47 loon chicks. The 8-9 o’clock hour saw a slight drizzle in some parts of the state and dense fog in others, but that did not keep too many of our volunteers from venturing out on their lakes. The youngest census participant was 3-year old Addison on Ossipee Lake. We can’t think of a better way to foster a love for loons to the next generation of loon watchers!

Preliminary numbers from our season-long monitoring saw a decrease in the number of nesting pairs and chicks hatched in 2017. See the upcoming LPC Fall Newsletter (due out in November) for a detailed recap of the breeding season. We are always happy to hear about other loon activity throughout the summer and fall. Please feel free to contact us anytime to let us know what you are seeing on your lake.

On behalf of everyone at LPC, thank you again for participating in the 2017 loon count! Save the date for the 2018 loon census on Saturday, July 21.

Sincerely,

Susie Burbidge John Cooley Caroline Hughes
Outreach/Volunteer Coordinator Senior Biologist Field Program Coordinator

2016 NH Loon Census Results
16 August 2016

Dear Census Participant,

Thank you for your participation in the 2016 Loon Census! Your observations are part of a statewide snapshot of the loon population that informs LPC’s seasonal monitoring, and coincides with loon counts on the same day in Vermont, Maine, and New York. Thank you again for being a part of it!

This year, 526 observers covered 121 of New Hampshire’s lakes during the annual count on July 16th, about one third of the lakes that LPC surveys and monitors annually. The census turned up a few surprises this year including a late nest on Ossipee Lake. Horn Pond in Wakefield was added to our list of census lakes, and participants on Streeter Pond celebrated the first-ever count of loon chicks there (in at least 40 years)! A total of 445 adult loons were tallied, 3 immature loons and 74 loon chicks. Better weather this year probably contributed to a greater turnout and a slightly higher number of adult loons observed this year than last. Stay tuned for the upcoming LPC Fall Newsletter for full details on the 2016 season.

Please plan on joining us at one of the following volunteer appreciation potlucks:

Tuesday, August 23 at 6 pm: The Harris Center, 83 King’s Highway, Hancock

Wednesday, August 24 at 6 pm: Canaan Meeting House, near 450 Canaan Street, Canaan (across from Canaan Street Lake)

Thursday, August 25 at 5:30 pm: The Loon Center, 183 Lee’s Mill Road, Moultonborough

Please bring a dish to share. We will provide beverages, plates and utensils. RSVP to Susie at volunteers@loon.org or call 603-477-2884 and let us know what you are bringing. Friends & family are welcome. After the potluck, Harry Vogel will present trends in New Hampshire’s loon population and a wrap-up of the 2016 season. On August 25, Nature Photographer John Rockwood will also present a multi-media slideshow featuring loons on Lake Massabesic.

On behalf of everyone at LPC, thank you again for participating in our annual loon count!

Susie Burbidge John Cooley Caroline Hughes

Outreach/Volunteer Coordinator Senior Biologist Field Program Coordinator