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Loon raft building workshops kick off this spring

Kicking off a new 5-year project to help loon breeding success! One component is to build loon rafts. The goal of the raft program is to increase the number of loon chicks hatched through placement and monitoring of nearly 100 loon nesting rafts in territories with low nesting success. When used in the right ways and right situations, rafts have been helping loon pairs hatch chicks for more than 50 years. Thanks to the amazing lake stewards and volunteers who are building rafts for their lakes this spring; to Reed Robinson and Laura Robinson for sharing their modular raft design and expertise; and to No Umbrella Media for helping us make a movie of the whole thing! Photos here are from one of our spring raft-building workshops.

More about the Loon Restoration Project here >

Partners include Maine Lakes, Lakes Environmental Association and the Penobscot Nation. This project is funded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service on behalf of the Bouchard Barge 120 Buzzards Bay Oil Spill Trustees.

Loon raft building workshop, March 2022