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e-Newsletter Vol. 64
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Twelve weeks goes by in a flash when you are an LPC field biologist.  We will be sad to say goodbye to them at the end of this week, as they have worked incredibly hard monitoring and protecting loons throughout New Hampshire.  I would like to extend a special thank you to our huge army of volunteers who have helped the field staff along the way.  Their commitment and dedication to LPC and to the loons on their lakes certainly makes our job easier.  We would not be able to do it without their help!  We are once again hosting volunteer appreciation potlucks in different parts of the state, so please see below for more details. 
LPC Volunteer, Tim Keith, helps Senior Biologist John Cooley float a nesting sign and ropeline to protect a loon nest in the Lakes Region of NH.  Photo courtesy of Bill Petry.

As many of you probably know by now, the second webcam nest was finally abandoned on July 26, almost three weeks past the expected hatch date.  It was actually a very unusual situation.  When the male got off the nest, the egg was attached to him, and then was seen later floating in the water, not too far from the nest site.  That's the first time we've heard of that happening!  We suspected the egg might be cracked, but it was completely intact when we collected it.  Perhaps the loon had some pitch pine on his feathers which caused the egg to stick. 

The following day, LPC Senior Biologist John Cooley and Winnipesaukee field biologist James Demers opened both of the unhatched eggs to see if they could determine whether there was any sign of development.  In the picture below, you can see just how big loon eggs really are, although I forgot to include a reference for size when I took this picture (that's an 8.5 x 11" piece of paper).  It's no wonder the female only lays 1-2 eggs!
This inviable egg was collected from LPC's second webcam nest on July 26.  Several measurements are taken before the egg is opened.

Here's a link to a video of the dissection of the unhatched egg from the first webcam.  Remember, one chick hatched from that nest and is doing well!  To see videos from both of our webcams this summer, make sure to visit LPC's YouTube channel.  Thanks again to all of our viewers--we had more than 6 times the audience this year than in 2016! 

The Swimmers lucked out again with amazing weather for The Swim on August 3.  The 2017 team led by Wendy Van de Poll included Suzan Ballmer, Vicky Boreyko, Virginia Craig, Lisa Davy, Rose de Mars, Pamela Halsey, Laurie Hoyt, Jen Marts, and Rick Van de Poll.  Rockywold-Deephaven Camps generously donated its boat to accompany the Swimmers across the lake, and spotters Jeff Marts and Ralph Kirshner (captaining the boat) kept a close eye on the Swimmers to ensure a safe trip across Squam Lake.
The 2017 Swim team celebrates at the end of their 7-mile journey across Squam Lake to raise money for loon preservation.

We would like to thank local businesses including Squam Marketplace, EM Heaths Supermarket, and the Corner House Inn for donating food for the post-swim celebration. LPC also extends special thanks to the 2017 Swim Sponsors: Breakaway Athletic Coaching, Grace Wellness Center, Moulton Farm, The Lloyd Brothers Music Duo, New Hampshire Mushroom Company, Lakes Region Computer, and Sallie Wolf, Artist & Writer.

Once again we are partnering with the New Woodshed for a benefit dinner on August 27.  Reservations are strongly suggested and can be made by calling The New Woodshed at (603) 476-2700.  Please mention that you will be visiting in support of LPC when you make your reservation. To get a peek at the menu and/or restaurant photos, go to newwoodshed.com.   
 
Before I sign off, I'd like to congratulate Harry Vogel on his 20th anniversary as the Executive Director of LPC.  His passion, dedication and leadership are to be admired.  On behalf of the entire staff, I'd like to thank him for his many years of hard work to protect loons in New Hampshire.  Here's to another 20! 

All the best, 

 
Save the Date:
Volunteer Appreciation Potlucks

We hope you can join us at one of the following celebrations to thank our volunteers for their help and dedication throughout the summer:

Tuesday, August 22 at 6 pm: The McLane Center (New Hampshire Audubon), 84 Silk Farm Road, Concord, NH

Wednesday, August 23 at 6 pm: Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 NH Route 4A, Enfield, NH

Thursday, August 24 at 5:30 pm: The Loon Center, 183 Lee's Mill Road, Moultonborough, NH*

Please bring a dish to share.  We will provide beverages, plates and utensils.

RSVP to Susie at volunteers@loon.org or call 603-477-2884 to let us know what you are bringing.

Friends and family are welcome too!

After the potluck(s), LPC Senior Biologist/Executive Director Harry Vogel will present trends in New Hampshire's loon population and a wrap-up on the 2017 season.

We hope to see you at one of these great events!

Photo courtesy of John Rockwood 

*On August 24, Nature Photographer John Rockwood will also present a slide show featuring photos and videos of loons on lakes in southern NH.
 
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