The Common Loon is an iconic and beloved inhabitant of our country’s lakes. “Canadian Lakes Loon Survey” data, however, suggests that increasing human pressure has contributed to declining Loon reproduction over the last 30 years.
Survey participants have worked since 1981 to track the reproductive success of the Common Loon by monitoring chick hatching and survival. Contributors dedicate at least three dates to the process by visiting their respective lakes: once in June (to determine whether or not loon pairs are on territory); once in July (to view the chicks that have hatched); and, once in August (to established that chicks have survived long enough to fledge). They also work as stewards within their communities by sharing knowledge of improved boating, fishing, and shoreline practices. These actions protect and support Loons, as well as many other aquatic species that share our waterways.
Lake-property owners, canoers and kayakers, anglers, and boaters can help monitor the health of their favourite lakes by participating in this conservation initiative. Please click here for more information.