Loon Sign Overhaul

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Thanks to grants from the Canaday Foundation in 2015-16 and the Vermont Watershed Grant program in 2014 as well as volunteers and lake residents donating over $6,000, the Vermont Loon Conservation Program is currently upgrading and maintaining one of our most useful management tools – nest warning signs. Eric Hanson, the VLCP coordinator, has picked up the lumber, received the new batch of signs, and started building bases for the upcoming nesting season. We will target busy lakes and places where people have made donations to receive the signs first. The sign campaign will continue in 2016 to reach our goal of replacing over 260 signs in three years.

How You Can Help

If you would like to contribute to this effort or can help generate support on your lake, please go to the online fundraising site called Crowdrise, where you can pick a lake and make a donation. Scroll down and hit “more fundraisers” to see the entire list of 52 lakes. A few lakes have already reached their fundraising goals (i.e., Derby, Dunmore, Echo, Ninevah, Seymour), but extra donations are great because they will help support lakes with few or no camps on them that need signs.

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Comments (8)

  1. Angela Apicelli says:

    Let me know how I can help this season! Miss you, Eric! Happy Spring!!

  2. susan taylor says:

    I am so pleased that this project is continuing. Our new signs are waiting for the loons to settle on Lake Derby. Thanks for all that you do, Eric.

  3. Whwurm says:

    Eric or others, are you getting these signs from Voss Signs in NY?
    If so, could you give your order number (I think its on the sign itself)

    We are having similar signs made (after talking to LPC).

    • Eric Hanson says:

      Yes, we ordered these signs from Voss signs. Here are the details:
      order# 174530
      material: aluminum
      gauge: .063
      size: 16″ x 16″
      background color: white
      print color: black/2 sides
      mounting holes: 3 holes at the bottom 3/16″ diameter 1/2″ in

      Autumn Osinski
      Graphic Designer
      Voss Signs, LLC

      • Whwurm says:

        Thank you! Any specific reason you decided to go with aluminum? Stiffness? Lettering on both sides?

        • Eric Hanson says:

          Let me know if you receive this.

          I can nail the sign directly to cross piece of wood w/ 3 nails along the bottom; no need for any structure. Two-sided means only using one sign.

          I’m going to experiment w/ the design of attaching rope to one end w/ sign at the other. This may reduce occasional issue of signs tipping over in major wind/waves.

          Can I ask who you are and who you work for?
          Thanks. eric Eric Hanson

          *Eric Hanson*

          Vermont Loon Conservation Project (VLCP) Coordinator

          Vermont Center for Ecostudies Conservation Biologist

          PO Box 22, Craftsbury, VT 05826

          ehanson@vt ecostudies.org(802) 586-8064

          http://www.vtecostudies.org/loons

          The VLCP is a program of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE) and the

          • Whwurm says:

            Sorry, I guess postmatic did not copy my signature. I am Heinrich Wurm and I am working with the Kezar Lake Watershed Association in Lovell, Maine and met you at LPC at the spring conference last year. We built 10 platforms last year with John Cooley’s help and are working on manageable loon signs. I was just about to order plastic upright signs, now I may change my mind since we would need 2 per float.
            Thanks for the info and have a great season with VT loons.

          • Eric Hanson says:

            Hi Heinrich, plastic might be cheaper than the metal. I ordered 100 so received a pretty good discount in that quantity at a bit over $16/sign. It was $20/sign for 50. Good luck. eric Eric Hanson

            *Eric Hanson*

            Vermont Loon Conservation Project (VLCP) Coordinator

            Vermont Center for Ecostudies Conservation Biologist

            PO Box 22, Craftsbury, VT 05826

            ehanson@vt ecostudies.org(802) 586-8064

            http://www.vtecostudies.org/loons

            The VLCP is a program of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE) and the

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