Loon Chick Watch Program


Thank you for volunteering to protect loon families on Squam Lake! The Loon Chick Watching season will begin in late June 2020. 

What Does A Loon Chick Watcher Do?

Loon Chick Watchers have three main responsibilities:

1. Protection: Loon Chick Watchers provide a buffer for a loon family with young. Just by hanging around in the area (at a safe distance from the loon family), motor boaters will be less likely to accidently disturb or run over the loons.   

2. Data Collection: Loon Chick Watchers will also fill out a data sheet designed to collect information about loon behavior and human interaction. This data can indicate how loons and people are getting along as well as inform how we can promote a healthy habitat for loons.

3. Education: There are also opportunities to educate folks about the loons in the area. Oftentimes, those who love the loons most may be harming them by venturing too close to active nests and loon families. Raising this awareness can greatly improve a loon's ability raise their young. It is important to be courteous when interacting with other boaters on the lake. The Squam Lakes Association and the Loon Preservation Committee have brochures about loon behavior that Loon Chick Watchers are encouraged to distribute. 

How Do I Sign Up to Loon Chick Watch?

We are looking for volunteers primarily on Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays throughout the summer months, and busy holidays (week of July 4th, Labor Day weekend, etc.), however, any day of the week is helpful. 

There are 3 shifts to fill for each Watch Day:

Shift 1: 11am-1pm

Shift 2: 1pm-3pm

Shift 3: 3pm-5pm.

Volunteers are not required to commit to an entire shift; even an hour will help the loons! Please remember to fill out the Loon Chick Watch Volunteer Log available for download below.

Locations: There are several nesting locations we need coverage for. Locations are disclosed after training to protect these nests from undergoing more pressure.

Before you head out for your first Loon Chick Watcher shift, please click here to view a complete description of the duties and protocols for the position.

Loon Chick Watch Training Materials:

Click here for the Loon Chick Watcher training video 

Click here for the loon behavior brochure 

Loon Chick Watch Partnership

SLA's Loon Chick Watch program is a partnering effort between the Squam Lakes Association and Loon Preservation Committeee. For more information on loons in New Hampshire, please visit the Loon Preservation Committee website or call (603) 476-5666.

Where Do You Go to Watch?

Priority loon chick watching locations are based on where the successful breeding loon pairs are on the lakes. When it becomes available, this information can be found by coordinating with the Squam Lakes Association. Please keep these locations private to reduce the amount of traffic to these sites. If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Coughlin, SLA's Communications & Outreach Coordinator via email.

If you are a trained Loon Chick Watcher, don't forget to fill out those Volunteer Logs! 

Click here to fill out your Loon Chick Watch Volunteer Log online (mobile friendly) - You must be a trained Loon Chick Watch Volunteer to fill out this form. If you are not trained and would like to get involved, please contact SLA (603) 968-7336.