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What Have Loons Told Us? 35 Years of Maine Audubon’s Loon Count


Location: Somes-Meynell Wildlife Sanctuary, Mt. Desert

Thirty-five years ago, Mainers worried that loons on their lakes and ponds were disappearing. The Maine Audubon Annual Loon Count was born out of that concern, and today, 35 years later, and with the help of thousands of “citizen science” volunteers, we know that loons are definitely not disappearing. In fact, in many ways they are doing better than ever. This multi-media presentation covers the natural history of the Common Loon– from where they go in winter to where they build their nests and what they feed their young – as well as the many lessons learned over 35 years of loon counting with thousands of volunteers. While we’ve answered many loon conservation questions, many more remain. Learn about the history of this innovative project, and the things you can do to help make Maine an even better place for loons to thrive in the future.


Loon Paddle with Maine Audubon’s Susan Gallo

Wednesday August 15th 1:30-3:30

Bring your canoe or kayak to paddle around Somes Pond with wildlife biologist and loon specialist Susan Gallo. We’ll watch our resident loon pair with their chicks (hopefully) and learn about their feeding, parenting, and territorial behavior.

  • Session 1: Aug 15th, 2018
    from 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Somes-Meynell Wildlife Sanctuary

57 Pretty Marsh Road
Mt. Desert, ME 04660 Get directions

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