Will you join us?
On the morning of the third Saturday of July each year, over 1,000 volunteers venture onto lakes and ponds across the state to count loons. The observations recorded by our community scientist volunteers provide an excellent “snapshot” of Maine’s loon population. Contact us at email@example.com to learn more about getting involved.
- Counters still needed! We need counters on several lakes for the July 17, 2021, loon count. Find the full list here.
Results of the Loon Count
The 2020 Loon Count took place on Saturday, July 18, 2020. Following the 2020 count, Maine Audubon estimated a population of 2,974 adult Common Loons and 414 chicks for the southern half of Maine. (Each year, our estimate is for Maine south of the 45th parallel — roughly south of a line from Rangeley to Calais — which is the area where we have enough lakes covered by counters to make a reliable estimate.)
For more than 37 years, citizen scientists have helped us collect invaluable data to chart the status of our loon population over time. Open this interactive map to review Loon Count results on lakes across Maine from 1983 through 2019.