LPC staff and volunteers place signs and float lines around nesting loons to help assure loons of the space they need to incubate eggs.
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.
LPC staff members commonly rescue loons that have become entangled in fishing line, ingested lead fishing tackle, and crash landed on roads after mistaking wet pavement for water.
A caring, involved, and educated public is the key to preserving loons and other wildlife. LPC strives to help others learn about loons, their biology, and what each of us can do to help them thrive.
LPC works in many areas to research loons, the effects of human activities on loons, and our ability to mitigate those effects through management and education.
Beginning 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.
Created in 2007, the Squam Lake Loon Initiative (SLLI) includes an increased monitoring, research, management and outreach efforts.