Vermont LoonWatch Day
|Presented By||Vermont Center for Ecostudies|
|Goal||Annual snapshot of Common Loon populations in Vermont|
|Task||Visit an assigned lake and count the number of loons observed|
|Where||Vermont, United States of America|
Vermont LoonWatch day was initiated in 1983 to provide a mid-summer estimate of the statewide loon population. On the third Saturday in July each year, volunteers survey assigned lakes, ponds, and reservoirs from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m., recording the number of adult loons, subadult loons (1-2 year olds), and loon chicks on the water body, as well as relevant human and wildlife activity. The information has provided an annual statewide population estimate, an estimate of the number of non-breeding loons, and a check on lakes with previously undetected breeding pairs.
Survey a lake for one hour on the third Saturday of July each year. If you’ve got time, survey a few lakes. On this single day, we cover more than 130 lakes and ponds across Vermont each year. It’s the single most effective way for us to document and track breeding loon populations across the state.
|How to Join||
To get an assignment for the annual Vermont LoonWatch, contact our loon biologist, Eric Hanson. Eric keeps a list of lakes where we need volunteers.
|Project Timing||This is an annual survey on the third Saturday in July.|
|Special Skills||Identify and age Common Loons|
|Ideal Age Group||Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors|
|Average Time||Several hours|
|Spend the Time||outdoors|
|Type of Activity||In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes|
|Tags||bird, birding, lakes, loons, vermont|
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