Loons http://nhpr.org en Counting Loons On Lake Winnipesaukee http://nhpr.org/post/counting-loons-lake-winnipesaukee <p>Every year the Loon Preservation Committee does a count of NH's loons on Lake Winnipesaukee. &nbsp;I decided to go&nbsp;out on the lake with them to find out how the loons are doing.</p><p>The Director of the Loon Preservation Committee, Harry Vogel, leads me down a forest path toward a boat slip on the northern tip of Lake Winnipesaukee. We'll be touring the lake looking for loons in advance of the population census later in the week. Within moments - maybe it's unavoidable - we're talking about On Golden Pond, which Vogel had just re-watched.</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:43:02 +0000 Sean Hurley 54218 at http://nhpr.org Counting Loons On Lake Winnipesaukee N.H. Loon Count Increases Slightly From Last Year http://nhpr.org/post/nh-loon-count-increases-slightly-last-year <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The annual count of loons on New Hampshire's lakes shows a slight increase over last year, but experts caution the census only provides a glimpse into the true population. &nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Harry Vogel of the Loon Preservation Committee says 622 observers counted 549 adult loons during a one-hour period on July 19. That's up from the 520 adults observed last year. Vogel notes there were 26 fewer observers last year, so it's too early to say there are more loons. Sun, 10 Aug 2014 15:51:09 +0000 Associated Press 53457 at http://nhpr.org N.H. Loon Count Increases Slightly From Last Year Vermont Conducts Loon Count To Gauge Health Of Bird http://nhpr.org/post/vermont-conducts-loon-count-gauge-health-bird <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Experts estimate there are nearly 300 adult loons living on Vermont's lakes and ponds, up from just a couple dozen 30 years ago.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">On Saturday, more than 200 volunteers spread out across Vermont for the annual loon survey.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:04:55 +0000 Associated Press 52352 at http://nhpr.org Vermont Conducts Loon Count To Gauge Health Of Bird Lead Sinkers Bill Heads to the House http://nhpr.org/post/lead-sinkers-bill-heads-house <p>For some Granite&nbsp;Staters the loon represents the state in a very emotional way, and&nbsp;supporters of the bird were out in force on Tuesday, defending <a href="http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2012/SB0224.pdf">a bill </a>that would ban lead fishing gear. The&nbsp;bill was being heard by the House Fish and Game Committee, and&nbsp;attendees over-flowed&nbsp;out the door of a double capacity hearing room.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 21:37:15 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 3531 at http://nhpr.org Lead Sinkers Bill Heads to the House Get the Lead Out http://nhpr.org/post/get-lead-out <p>As anglers dust off their tackle boxes, it's a great time to make sure that all the lead is out.&nbsp;Decades of research by the Loon Preservation Committee in Moultonborough has proven the toxicity of lead fishing tackle to wildlife. One lead sinker an ounce or less in weight can kill a loon in a matter of weeks.&nbsp;Loons swallow grit and pebbles that help to grind up food, and sometimes there's a sinker in the gravelly mix. Fishermen lose a lot of sinkers.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 06 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Chris Martin & Francie Von Mertens 2862 at http://nhpr.org Get the Lead Out Noisy Water Birds http://nhpr.org/post/noisy-water-birds <p>Summer visitors to New Hampshire typically are eager to hear the call of a common loon, emblem of the wild&nbsp;and remote north woods.&nbsp; Popular souvenirs to take home include coffee mugs, sweatshirts and jewelry—all with a loon motif.</p><p>In addition to their striking appearance, I suspect the fact that loons chorus at night adds greatly to their mystique.&nbsp;&nbsp;Loons of winter don't get much attention, but scan coastal waters and chances are good you'll see a loon or two offshore.&nbsp;&nbsp;New Hampshire's breeding loons don't migrate far.</p> Thu, 09 Feb 2012 15:56:00 +0000 Chris Martin & Francie Von Mertens 1801 at http://nhpr.org Noisy Water Birds