Summer Events to Celebrate the Loon in New Hampshire

LoonWithChickThere is nothing like the haunting call of a loon on a quiet night—it is an unmistakable, soothing sound of summer in the Lakes Region. Here in New Hampshire, loons are treasured as an integral part of lake life, and folks all around the state are working together to monitor, protect, and celebrate this beautiful and endangered animal.

The Loon Preservation Committee (LPC) was created in 1975 in response to concerns about a dramatically declining loon population and the effects of human activities on loons. Since then, the LPC staff and a large grassroots network of over 1,500 members and volunteers have undertaken state-wide monitoring, research, management, and outreach to preserve loons and their habitats. Their work of over 40 years has had a profound positive effect, not only for the loon population, but also for other species that depend on clean water, natural shorelines, and functioning ecosystems. In celebration of these efforts, the LPC has some great events this summer that the whole family will enjoy…

2015 Summer Nature Talk Series
Thursdays, July 9 – August 20, 7:30 pm at The Loon Center, Lee’s Mill Road, Moultonborough, NH.
The LPC is hosting some fun and educational talks and demonstrations this summer! Starting off the series this Thursday, July 9th is Kittie Wilson — Spirit of the Loon.
At this event, Kittie will be talking about how loons are amazing bird parents, very gentle and loving with their chicks, and how those adorable loon chicks change over the summer months. Come and experience the spirit of the loon as we watch the little loons grow up through Kittie’s observations and photographs of the Loon Family of Pleasant Lake, New London. Kittie is a proud recipient of the 2009 Spirit of the Loon Award. Admission is free, and donations are much appreciated. For more information on the Nature Talk Series, please visit www.loon.org or call 603-476-5666.

Yakking for Loons! A Kayak-a-thon to support New Hampshire’s Loons
July 10, 2015 (rain date July 13); 8:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Lee’s Mill Landing, Moultonborough NH
Come have fun on the water and help raise money for the Loon Preservation Committee. Participants who raise over $50 in pledges receive a “Yakking for Loons” t-shirt! Participants also are eligible for discount rentals from Wild Meadow, and lunch will be donated by Curt’s Caterers. There will be prizes for the most money raised, as well! Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The registration fee for this unique fundraiser is $10 per person, and the registration deadline is July 7th. For more information or to register by phone, please call 603-476-LOON (5666). 
You can also download registration and pledge forms at this link.

Face Painting Loon Fest38th Annual Loon Festival
Saturday July 18th from 10 am to 2 pm, rain or shine.
Come join the fun at the 38th Annual Loon Festival at The Loon Center in Moultonborough, NH. Admission is free so mark your calendar and don’t miss it! There’s something for everyone at the Loon Festival – crafts and balloons for the kids, slide presentations by loon biologists for the adults, and food, beverages, and wildlife exhibits for everybody. Try your hand at Pin the Chick on the Loon game or take the Loon Facts quiz and win 3 throws at the dunk tank! Other activities include face painting, storytelling, and the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center Discovery Table with animal exhibits.

The Loon Preservation Committee has many more ways to get involved, celebrate, and learn about these marvelous and mysterious birds and how you can help protect them. Check out the great programs available at www.loon.org. Long live the loon!

For additional information on Meredith and some of the great events happening around the Lakes Region, visit www.meredithareachamber.com and www.lakesregion.org. And don’t forget to stop by the Mill Falls at the Lake website, too, at www.millfalls.com.

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

Photos courtesy of The Loon Preservation Committee

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