It was another busy week on the Lakes. The great news is that two nests on Squam Lake hatched one chick each. It is wonderful to have chicks on the lake again, and I'm hoping that these two chicks will survive. I have posted orange "Caution: Loon Chicks" signs in the general vicinity of where the loons are brooding. Please ask all your lake neighbors and guests to be alert for loon families, to boat slowly in areas where chick signs are posted, and to stay at least 150 feet away from loon families so the parents can concentrate on taking care of their chicks.
A sick loon was picked up from Little Squam last Friday. Fortunately, it was not one of the nesting pair from the river, but the loon was extremely emaciated. Plymouth Animal Hospital generously donated their care and took x-rays of the loon but were unable to find anything clearly wrong with it. The loon was taken to a wildlife rehabilitator, who reports that the loon is eating and doing fairly well. Consultations are ongoing to try to determine the loon's underlying condition. We are all keeping our fingers crossed that this loon to pull through!
Chick tip of the week: Loon families cross back and forth across small lakes or coves on large lakes to visit different brooding and feeding areas. When crossing open water, they are very vulnerable to speeding boats, and boaters need to be aware and on the lookout for loon families crossing open water.
Please visit our website (www.loon.org under "Work of LPC") for the latest updates on LPC's Squam Lake Loon Initiative (SLLI). The SLLI is LPC's intensive research investigation into the causes of the declines and subsequent reproductive failures of Squam Lake's loons in recent years.
Our webpage discusses our most recent findings, including updates on the contaminants found in Squam loon eggs. You can also watch a short video on the SLLI, linked from our home page or the SLLI page.
Thank you all for your continuing interest in the Squam Lakes loons!
Please contact me with any questions or concerns about the loons.