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Signs of the Seasons
Maine Audubon is partnering with the University of Maine to boost observations and reports for loons and their chicks throughout the summer. Volunteers are tracking the changes they see in loon families (when chicks hatch and how they age through the summer) using the on-line tool Nature’s Notebook. FMI, please fill out a Volunteer Interest Form or contact Esperanza Stancioff at [email protected] or Sasha Breus at [email protected]
A new initiative in partnership with the Maine Lakes Society, Loon Smart offers Lake Smart homeowners the opportunity to meet additional standards for their property that will help conserve loons and their habitat. To learn more about Loon Smart and how to bring Lake Smart to your community, contact Maggie Shannon at the Maine Lakes Society (207)-495-2301 or email [email protected]
Pilot Detectability Study
Loon count data has generated endless questions…how have loon numbers changed north to south? East to west? On larger vs. smaller lakes? As we look ahead to the possibility of thoroughly analyzing the 35 years of loon count data that we’ll have collected by 2018, we realize how much statistical models for monitoring and survey data have evolved in the last decade. So this year we are conducting a pilot study to get an estimate of detectability. Detectability is the likelihood that the results from a survey represent the actual number of organisms in the survey area. Many of you have experienced the frustration of knowing your lake has one more chicks, but not actually finding them in the official half-hour count window. Getting a detectability estimate around the count results will help us refine our population estimate and allow for a more thorough analysis of historical data. Please consider contributing to this project if, outside of loon count day (but during same time, from 7:00 to 7:30 a.m.) you can:
Download the Loon Detectability Study Data Sheet.
There are lots of ways you can help with the outreach and education activities of the Maine Loon Project. Schedule a presentation of “The State of Maine’s Loons” for your local garden club, lake association or civic group. This 45-minute multi-media presentation walks you through a year in the life of a loon in Maine and features stunning photographs from recent loon photo contests at Maine Audubon.
You can also distribute “Living in Loon Territory” brochures to your town office, library or lake association meeting. This large-format brochure has information about how to live alongside loons and highlights times of the year when they or their chicks are most vulnerable. For more information about any of these outreach efforts, contact Susan at [email protected] or (207) 781-6180 x.216. Thanks for your help!
We receive reports every summer of injured loons on our lakes and ponds or loons with their bills wrapped in fishing line. Unfortunately, Maine Audubon does not have the staff, expertise or equipment to help with any loon “rescues.”
If you find a dead loon and you are willing to collect the body, please double wrap it in two garbage bags.
If the body is definitely fresh (diedwithin 24 hours, very little smell or rot), please send an email to [email protected]
If the time of death is unknown and/or the carcass has a strong odor and/or some rot, please get the body into a freezer ASAP. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is usually willing to share freezer space if you can get the carcass to one of their regional offices (FMI, 287-8000)
IF you freeze a carcass, please call Susan Gallo at (207) 781-6180 x. 216 so she can add you to the Maine Audubon permit for bird collections. We will work to get the frozen carcass from you as soon as we can.