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Vermont LoonWatch Day

Main Project Information
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 LoonWatch Day
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.
Materials List binoculars
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
Ideal Frequency Other
Average Time Several hours
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes
Training Materials
Tags bird, birding, lakes, loons, vermont
Project Updated 05/23/2018