Squam Lakes Loon Report - July 25th, 2018

By Tiffany Grade, Loon Preservation Committee


I have fantastic news—the remaining loon nest on Squam hatched 2 chicks!! 
It’s very exciting to have a two-chick hatch—this is something we haven’t
had on Squam Lake for two years, so it’s great to have a twosome out there
again!  Unfortunately, however, this wonderful news is tempered by the
loss of one of Squam’s other chicks.  You’ll recall that, in my last
e-newsletter, I mentioned that one of the families was experiencing some
difficulties with intruding loons.  Sadly, the chick disappeared while
this was going on.  This brings our totals to 1 chick on Little Squam and
4 chicks on Squam Lake.  Thanks very much to everyone who has been keeping
an eye out for the loon families and helping with SLA's Loon Chick Watch volunteer program! For
more information on Loon Chick Watch and to volunteer to spend some time
on the weekends helping to protect Squam’s loons, please click here! We all need to do
everything we can to help these chicks thrive on the Squam Lakes!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Loon Census this past
Saturday!  We could not have asked for a more perfect day for counting
Squam’s loons!  Thirty-five adult loons were seen and all chicks were
accounted for that day!  Thanks to everyone for helping, and it was great
to see many of you on Church Island!

Please let me know if you have any reports or questions about Squam’s
loons.  And, as always, please contact the Loon Preservation Committee to
report any sick, injured, or dead loons (603-476-5666).

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.