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I have exciting news to share with you.  The 2017 Loon Cam is now LIVE!  The loons have not started nesting yet, but we will let you know as soon as we see an egg in the nest.  In the meantime, bookmark that page and visit often!  We've had quite a lot of rain over the last 2 weeks so the water level was a little high on the pond.  A board has been removed, though, so the 2016 nest hummock is now exposed.  The loons have been poking around there, as well as at a hummock a few yards away that was used in 2014.  Only time will tell where they end up settling!  We did capture this picture which confirms, based on the bands, that the male is back on the lake.  The bands were confirmed on the female too so we can officially say the same pair is back!

We have also captured some neat footage of the loon pair nest building, copulating, and even a great blue heron that landed on the nest site!  Click here to see the videos.  You might want to subscribe to LPC's YouTube Channel so you don't miss anything!

Senior Biologist John Cooley & Field Program Coordinator Caroline Hughes went up to the pond last week to set up the webcam, along with our technical expert Bill Gassman.  Good thing John was wearing his PFD-- looks like a precarious position to me!  If the loons select a different nesting spot, we might have to make a few modifications, but we'll still be able to stream amazing footage right into the comfort of your own home.
LPC's John Cooley & Caroline Hughes adjust the post before attaching the webcam.  Photo courtesy of Bill Gassman. 

Are you still trying to find the perfect gift for the special Mom in your life?  How about a gift membership to LPC?  If she is a new member she will also be entered into the Member a Day in May raffle! 

Don't forget the registration deadline for our Summer Luncheon & Auction on June 4 at Bald Peak Colony Club is May 25.  We are really excited to have Jeff Fair as the Guest Speaker   He will also be signing copies of his new book!

In addition to getting the webcam set-up, the field staff has been busy floating rafts and preparing for the arrival of the field crew on May 22.  It's a busy time of year for us, as the loons will soon be nesting, but it's invigorating!  I love this time of year (well, with the exception of the arrival of black flies)! 

A beautiful picture taken this spring about a week after the loons returned to Pleasant Lake.  Photo courtesy of Kittie Wilson. 

We always love to hear from you, anytime, with an update from your lake.  We got a report earlier this week of the first nesting pair on a lake in our Monadnock monitoring region!  This pair nested very early last year, too, but I wasn't expecting this news quite yet. Another active loon-watcher predicts she is going to see the first loon egg on her lake on Mother's Day! 

All the best, 

 
Member a Day in May Update

As of May 10, 16 new members have joined LPC in response to our Member a Day in May Membership Drive!  We are nearly half-way there--can you help us reach our goal of 31 new members this month?  We need your help now more than ever as we explore new threats to our environment and the loon's survival.  Join Today!


Take a chance to win one of three great prizes:
  • a 12" x 18" canvas loon photograph taken by LPC Board Chair, volunteer, and wildlife photographer Brian Reilly
  • 4 tickets to a Loon Cruise on Squam Lake
  • A beautiful stained glass suncatcher
  Click here for more information.  
 
If you are already a member of LPC, thank you so much for your support.  Please consider forwarding this email to a friend who might be interested in joining too.    

*Update pending to the thermometer on our website!

Volunteers Needed at The Loon Center!

Does the call of the loon call to YOU?  Have you ever wondered how many calls loons make and what the different calls mean?  If you answered yes, but want to learn more about loons and share this information with others, consider volunteering at The Loon Center.  We are currently looking for individuals to help out at in The Loon's Feather Gift Shop.  Basic tasks include greeting guests, light housekeeping, learning about loons, and helping to restock items in the gift shop.  Additional duties may include assisting with mailings and/or helping out at one of our events. The usual time commitment is a four (4) hour shift one or more days a week, though there is some flexibility in scheduling.

If you love loons as much as we do and want to share your enthusiasm with visitors, please consider volunteering. Please email info@loon.org or call 603-476-5666 (LOON) for more information.

Long-time volunteer Sheila Robusto stands behind the counter at the Loon's Feather Gift Shop.
 
The Loon Preservation Committee is dedicated to restoring and maintaining a healthy population of loons throughout New Hampshire; monitoring the health and productivity of loon populations as sentinels of environmental quality; and promoting a greater understanding of loons and the natural world.
 
Sincerely,
 
Susie Burbidge
Outreach/Volunteer Coordinator
Loon Preservation Committee