Here is a summary of Moose Lake loon data
Tremendous thanks to all Moose Lake residents who reported sightings. This is incredibly helpful as the more eyes and ears on the lake help improve our data to the LoonWatch program.
To report a sighting please send Sarah Unz (email@example.com) the following:
· What you saw: Single adult (floater), pair, chicks and if you can, how many weeks old they are, and loon behavior. Are they calling? Have you seen a nest?
With chicks spotted on Moose Lake, it is important for us to keep our eyes open come Spring. Locating nesting sites is critical so we can communicate across the Moose Lake community to ensure the chicks and parents stay safe and migrate successfully in Fall. Banding records show that loons often return to the same lake each year. However, mates probably don’t winter or migrate together and return to the same lake independently. Loons do occasionally switch mates and are more attached to their lake than to each other. (I feel like there is a good joke in here)
A very special thank you to Sarah for all of the work this entails.
For some personal research:
LoonWatch website from Northland College
https://www.northland.edu/centers/soei/loonwatch/ (Lots of great pictures!)
Main area of the website to highlight is the "About Loons"
In working with the U.S. Forest service, out next step is to replace the top and seats on the picnic table and paint the structure. Last step will be to replace the dock with the new wooden dock after drawdown. It looks 100% better than when we started…should be a great place for a picnic next summer….
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