The Loon Preservation Committee works to preserve loons and their habitats in New Hampshire through programs of monitoring, research, management, and public education, all fostered by an extensive grassroots network of dedicated members and volunteers.
Many of LPC’s initiatives to address threats to loons involve close coordination with federal and state agencies, and other non-profit organizations.
Observation is the foundation of all good science, and LPC’s work to preserve loons and their habitats begins and ends with monitoring.
Loon nests are vulnerable to natural or human-induced water level changes that flood nests or leave them stranded out of reach of parents. LPC rafts also have covers to help protect nests from predation by eagles and other avian egg predators.
Loon necropsies (animal autopsies) conducted by LPC staff and collaborators have revealed that lead poisoning from ingested lead fishing sinkers and lead-headed jigs is by far the largest cause of known adult loon mortality in New Hampshire.
From just after ice-out, LPC streams a live broadcast of a loon nesting site. From site selection through nest building, eggs being laid, incubated and hatched. Over 100,000 people in dozens of countries learn about loons by watching them live. The LPC’s YouTube channel offers over 100 video clips from over the years.
The Loon Recovery Initiative was created to identify gaps in our knowledge of loons. It provides a conceptual framework to integrate our educational products and programs with new and ongoing research and management activities to preserve loons.