The Loon Census

Know what’s cool? I’m participating in the annual Adirondack Loon Census on July 18th, from 8am-9am!

Loon-adult-with-2-youngIt works like this – You sign up and stake out a pond (if it hasn’t already been claimed), you check out the loons for an hour on the prescribed day, enjoy nature, spend some time listening to that gorgeous loon tremulous call, take down your results on the provided form, and send it in. Can’t have Black Pond at Paul Smith’s though – that baby’s mine! Awesome. Here’s a few neat loon facts from the WCS Website

  • Loons require a long “runway” of open water to pick up speed before taking off and getting airborne.
  • Loons incubate their eggs for almost a month. Males and females take turns tending the nest.
  • Loons are known for their distinctive, wailing call, but they also hoot, tremolo, and yodel under specific circumstances.

If you’d like to claim a pond of your own, you’ll find additional information about signing up at www.wcs.org/adirondackloons.

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4 responses to “The Loon Census

  1. I’m sorry but that is TOO STINKIN’ COOL!!! You will definitely have to share with us your Loon Report from that day! 😀

  2. That is so cool you are going to be involved with this! I look forward to hearing more about this!!I volunteer as a Loon Ranger to monitor the Loons on a couple lakes by our cabin. It’s so impt to help these birds out – their population has been declining unfortunately.

  3. Very cool. I have tent camped many years ago on Little Tupper Lake,… listened to loons all night long. Also on Meachem Lake. That’s the best “night music!”

  4. When i was a kid my family used to camp at Loon Lake and i used to love to listen to the loons…..a beautiful, sometimes haunting sound…

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