In an ongoing effort to educate the public about loons, we host a number of fun and informative events through the year, for example, talks, cruises, festivals, and fundraisers.

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July 2021

Summer Nature Talk: Ospreys of the NH Lakes Region

July 15, 2021 @ 19:00 - 20:00 EDT
Live on YouTube: youtube.com/user/looncenter

2021 marks 25 years since Ospreys returned to nest in the Lakes Region. Now about 16-18 pairs nest in the region, & over the quarter century, Iain MacLeod has watched more than 340 chicks fledge from local nests. Iain will discuss finding new nests in remote beaver ponds & installing nesting platforms to entice new pairs to settle. He will also share some of what he has learned from satellite tagging over a dozen NH Ospreys & following their journeys…

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2021 Loon Census

July 17, 2021 @ 08:00 - 09:00 EDT
New Hampshire NH United States + Google Map

Saturday, July 17th 2021 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. For methods of submitting census data,…

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Summer Nature Talk: Wildlife of the White Mountains

July 22, 2021 @ 19:00 - 20:00 EDT
Live on YouTube: youtube.com/user/looncenter

This illustrated program features the natural history of many of our iconic species such as black bear, moose, snowshoe hare, bobcat, & American marten. LPC trustee Dave Govatski will introduce us to insects, reptiles, amphibians, & birds that make our mountains their home. He will discuss trends in wildlife populations, such as range expansion and contraction, & provide tips on where and when to see wildlife.

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Summer Nature Talk: Geology of the Lakes Region

July 29, 2021 @ 19:00 - 20:00 EDT
Live on YouTube: youtube.com/user/looncenter

This talk will focus on geologic features of the New Hampshire Lakes Region. In this talk, Jim Vernon will summarize millions of years of geologic history, from mountain building, to ancient volcanoes & seas, to ice ages that led to the landscape we see today.

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August 2021

Gray Ghosts and Old Fence Posts: Searching for Northern Harriers

August 5, 2021 @ 19:00 - 20:00 EDT
Live on YouTube: youtube.com/user/looncenter

Sometimes called marsh hawks, state-endangered Northern Harriers hover & glide low over open fields & marshes while hunting voles, snakes, and frogs. Their low buoyant flight, upswept wings, & white rump patch are very distinctive. For more than three decades, NH Audubon raptor biologist Chris Martin has recruited, trained, & supervised an enthusiastic corps of volunteer field observers who monitor state endangered & threatened birds of prey.

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Summer Nature Talk: Wondrous and Strange Loons

August 12, 2021 @ 19:00 - 20:00 EDT
Live on YouTube: youtube.com/user/looncenter

Over the last 100+ years there’s been an amazing amount of research on Common Loons. But, nearly all of it has been looking at loons from the outside—studying their behavior, migrations, & vocalizations. Tonight, Dr. Mark Pokras will discuss how little is known about Common Loons from the inside—their anatomy & physiology—& describe some of the research challenges for the future.

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Summer Nature Talk: Loon Lessons: Uncommon Encounters with the Great Northern Diver

August 19, 2021 @ 19:00 - 20:00 EDT
Live on YouTube: youtube.com/user/looncenter

Jim Paruk is a Professor of Biology at St. Joseph’s College, in Maine, & has been studying Common Loons across North America for the past 28 years. His recent book, Loon Lessons: Uncommon Encounters with the Great Northern Diver (University of Minnesota Press), that takes an evolutionary approach to understanding their behavior & life history strategy.

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Summer Nature Talk: The State of the Loon—LPC’s End of Season Report

August 26, 2021 @ 19:00 - 20:00 EDT
Live on YouTube: youtube.com/user/looncenter

Starting at 7 PM, Wildlife photographer John Rockwood will share photos & video of local loon families from two southern NH lakes, from arrival through August. At 7:30, LPC Senior Biologist/Executive Director, Harry Vogel, will present trends in New Hampshire’s loon population & preliminary statistics on how loons fared in NH this year.

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October 2021

Presentation: “Our Favorite Loon Stories” by Daniel Poleschook, Jr. and Virginia R. Poleschook

October 21, 2021 @ 19:00 - 20:00 EDT
Live on YouTube: youtube.com/user/looncenter

About the Presenters: Daniel Poleschook, Jr. and Virginia R. Poleschook are a husband-and-wife team who have been studying Common Loons in the Pacific Northwest for 26 years. During that time, they have conducted research on stressors affecting the species at the southwestern edge of its breeding range and have used the results of this research to inform conservation measures for Washington's loon population. These conservation efforts, combined with favorable natural and anthropogenic factors in the area, have resulted in steady…

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December 2021

Loon Monitoring in Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest

December 2, 2021 @ 19:00 - 20:00 EST
Live on YouTube: youtube.com/user/looncenter

Photo courtesy of Ray Hennessy. About the Presentation: Since 1978, LoonWatch has been protecting common loons and their aquatic habitats in Wisconsin and the Upper Great Lakes region through education, monitoring, and research. In this presentation by LoonWatch Coordinator, Erica LeMoine, we will learn more about LoonWatch and the history that the Loon Preservation Committee has with its start. We’ll also delve into the other Midwestern loon programs, and loons and lake culture in the Midwest. About the Presenter: Erica…

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April 2022

Raft and Sign Building Workshop

April 13 @ 09:00 - 13:00 EDT
The Loon Center, 183 Lees Mill Road
Moultonborough, NH 03254 United States
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  Each year, the Loon Preservation Committee floats rafts and signs to help loon pairs nesting at vulnerable sites. Join us for a sign and raft building workshop on Wednesday, April 13 2022 from 9 Am–1 PM to help construct these important management tools! Workshops will be held at the Loon Center (183 Lees Mill Road, Moultonborough NH 03254).  Power tools and safety gear will be provided, but please bring work gloves and hand tools, if desired. Snacks and beverages…

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Raft and Sign Building Workshop

April 22 @ 09:00 - 13:00 EDT
The Loon Center, 183 Lees Mill Road
Moultonborough, NH 03254 United States
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Each year, the Loon Preservation Committee floats rafts and signs to help loon pairs nesting at vulnerable sites. Join us for a sign and raft building workshop on Friday, April 22, 2022 from 9 Am–1 PM to help construct these important management tools! Workshops will be held at the Loon Center (183 Lees Mill Road, Moultonborough NH 03254).  There is the opportunity for additional work, from 1-3 PM after lunch, for those interested. Power tools and safety gear will be…

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Raft and Sign Building Workshop

April 23 @ 09:00 - 13:00 EDT
The Loon Center, 183 Lees Mill Road
Moultonborough, NH 03254 United States
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Each year, the Loon Preservation Committee floats rafts and signs to help loon pairs nesting at vulnerable sites. Join us for a sign and raft building workshop on Saturday, April 23 2022 from 9 Am–1 PM to help construct these important management tools! Workshops will be held at the Loon Center (183 Lees Mill Road, Moultonborough NH 03254).  Power tools and safety gear will be provided, but please bring work gloves and hand tools, if desired. Snacks and beverages will…

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June 2022

Guided Paddling Trip: Kolelemook Lake

June 14 @ 18:00 - 19:00 EDT

Join us on Tuesday, June 14th from 6:00 to 7:00 PM for a paddling trip to visit with and learn about loons on Kolelemook Lake. In a small group setting, we will observe and interpret loon behaviors and vocalizations, learn the fascinating history of the loons on the lake, and discuss the conservation concerns that have affected them and the management work being done to help them successfully reproduce each year. In order to maintain the small group setting, the…

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Loon Center Loon Presentation

June 15 @ 14:00 - 17:00 EDT
The Loon Center, 183 Lees Mill Road
Moultonborough, NH 03254 United States
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For many, the haunting call of the loon is an important part of the New Hampshire lake experience. Often seen as a symbol of the northern wilderness, loons are a beloved fixture on New Hampshire lakes, and many lakegoers enjoy watching them as they raise their young. However, the breeding season can be a vulnerable time for loons—they face many threats, both natural and anthropogenic, while on our lakes. This presentation will focus on the biology and life history of…

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Loon Presentation at James A. Tuttle Library, Antrim NH

June 16 @ 18:30 - 19:30 EDT
James A. Tuttle Library, Antrim NH, 45 Main Street
Antrim, NH 03440 United States
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For many, the haunting call of the loon is an important part of the New Hampshire lake experience. Often seen as a symbol of the northern wilderness, loons are a beloved fixture on New Hampshire lakes, and many lakegoers enjoy watching them as they raise their young. However, the breeding season can be a vulnerable time for loons—they face many threats, both natural and anthropogenic, while on our lakes. This presentation will focus on the biology and life history of…

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Loon Center Presentation

June 22 @ 14:00 - 17:00 EDT
The Loon Center, 183 Lees Mill Road
Moultonborough, NH 03254 United States
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For many, the haunting call of the loon is an important part of the New Hampshire lake experience. Often seen as a symbol of the northern wilderness, loons are a beloved fixture on New Hampshire lakes, and many lakegoers enjoy watching them as they raise their young. However, the breeding season can be a vulnerable time for loons—they face many threats, both natural and anthropogenic, while on our lakes. This presentation will focus on the biology and life history of…

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Guided Paddling Trip: Second Connecticut Lake

June 25 @ 12:00 - 17:30 EDT

The Loon Preservation Committee is excited to partner with the Appalachian Mountain Club NH Paddlers to provide a series of guided paddling trips centered on loon education. In a small group setting, we will observe and interpret loon behaviors and vocalizations, learn the fascinating history of the loons on each lake, and discuss the conservation concerns that have affected them and the management work being done to help them successfully reproduce each year. To maintain the small group setting, this…

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Loon Center Presentation

June 29 @ 14:00 - 15:00 EDT
The Loon Center, 183 Lees Mill Road
Moultonborough, NH 03254 United States
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For many, the haunting call of the loon is an important part of the New Hampshire lake experience. Often seen as a symbol of the northern wilderness, loons are a beloved fixture on New Hampshire lakes, and many lakegoers enjoy watching them as they raise their young. However, the breeding season can be a vulnerable time for loons—they face many threats, both natural and anthropogenic, while on our lakes. This presentation will focus on the biology and life history of…

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July 2022

Guided Paddling Trip: Baxter Lake

July 2 @ 15:00 - 17:30 EDT
Baxter Lake

The Loon Preservation Committee is excited to partner with the Appalachian Mountain Club NH Paddlers to provide a series of guided paddling trips centered on loon education. In a small group setting, we will observe and interpret loon behaviors and vocalizations, learn the fascinating history of the loons on each lake, and discuss the conservation concerns that have affected them and the management work being done to help them successfully reproduce each year. To maintain the small group setting, this…

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