Squam Lakes Loon Report - July 17th, 2018
By Tiffany Grade, Loon Preservation Committee
There are two new chicks on the Squam Lakes this week! Against all odds,
a chick hatched on Little Squam after 32 days of incubation—normal
incubation for loons is 28 days, so this was quite remarkable! Another
chick hatched on Squam Lake as well! Unfortunately, there was a nest
failure on Squam this past week as well, resulting from predation. And
there was a serious scare with the family of the oldest chick on Squam,
which is dealing with intrusions from other loons. Fortunately, the chick
has been accounted for, but this family is not out of the woods yet, and
I’m certainly hoping they will be able to fend off the intruders. So the
totals for this week are one chick on Little Squam, 3 chicks on Squam, and
one active nest remaining on Squam Lake. For information on how you can
volunteer to help protect the chicks of the Squam Lakes, please visit
As many of you know, the annual Loon Census is this Saturday (7/21), and
we could use a few more participants. If you have a boat and would be
able to help out on Saturday morning from 8:00-9:00, please let me know!
The Loon Festival is this Saturday at The Loon Center! The Festival is
from 10:00-2:00 and is a day of family fun celebrating loons! For more
information, please visit http://www.loon.org/loon-festival.php. Hope to
see you there!
“Meet the Loons of Squam” will take a hiatus this week as I get ready for
Census/Festival day, but it will be back with more tales from the field!
As always, please contact me with any questions or reports, and please
contact Loon Preservation Committee to report any sick, injured, or dead
Thank you for your interest in Squam’s loons!
Volunteer for SLA Loon Chick Watch Program!
Want to help protect loon chicks on the Squam Lakes? The Squam Lakes Association and the Loon Preservation Committee partner together to build this program and train volunteers to help protect chicks during the height of breeding season – June to August. If you are interested in this program, please contact SLA's Community Engagement Coordinator, Melissa Leszek by email, or call (603) 968-7336 x11.