The 2023 Loon Census will be held Saturday, July 15th from 8-9 am.
Each year, LPC hosts an annual Loon Census to monitor New Hampshire’s loons and their progress on lakes throughout the state. The invaluable data gathered from census observations are used as:
- a mid-season check on productivity,
- a mechanism for discovering unknown birds in each territory,
- a means to track movement of loons and define relationships between neighboring pairs, and
- a community based tool for generating interest and involvement in loons.
Census forms will be made available closer to the date of the census.
To contribute observations at other times during the loon season, please see our Field Volunteer page here.
Join us at the Loon Center after the Census, from 10 AM—2 PM for the Annual Loon Festival!
2022 NH Loon Census Results
During the 2022 Loon Census, a total of 458 volunteers took to 114 lakes across New Hampshire to count loons. In total, they documented 462 adult loons, 80 loon chicks, and 4 immature loons.
This census coverage represents roughly 1/3 of the lakes that LPC biologists monitor annually. In total, LPC staff documented 345 pairs of loons (690 paired adults), 106 unpaired adult loons, 244 chicks hatched, and 177 chicks surviving to mid-August in 2022.