LPC staff members take a blood sample from a rescued loon.
A rescued loon is being released on the ocean after spending a few days at Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center in Freedom, Maine. 2016 was a record year for loon rescues. LPC staff and volunteers rescued three times as many loons as were rescued in previous years. Photo courtesy of Terry Heitz/Avian Haven.
A loon is released on Lee's Pond by LPC Senior Biologist, John Cooley. This was one of 5 loons that was rescued and released in 2015. We know from leg bands fitted during the 2015 rescue that this loon was actually rescued again in 2016, when it became tangled in fishing line on Lake Tarleton, NH. Not a lucky loon! Photo courtesy of Harry Vogel.
LPC Staff Biologist, Caroline Hughes, cuts fishing line and removes it from the bill of a tangled loon. After a health examination, this loon was released back onto its lake. Photo courtesy of Kathy Stebbins.