It’s been a record year for Vermont’s loons in 2017, and part of the success story happened on Lake Fairlee, where a pair of loons nested for the second consecutive year. Biologists Kent McFarland, Sara Zahendra and Eric Hanson headed out in canoes to take a look at the nesting sites and check on the loon chick. Join them as we learn the story of the Lake Fairlee loons and how volunteers are helping VCE and the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department conserve Vermont’s loon population on Lake Fairlee and across the State.
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- Vermont Loon Conservation Project: A joint project between the Vermont Center For Ecostudies and the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, this project started when there were a mere seven loon pairs three decades ago to more than 90 breeding pairs in the state. This conservation triumph came only with a collaboration among people and organizations across Vermont.
- Join LoonWatch and help us monitor loons near you.
- A hidden camera captured the nesting habits of of the loons on Lake Fairlee.
- Loon Caller, an annual newsletter about Vermont’s loons, offers in-depth explanation of field work, science and conservation efforts and a few views behind the scenes.
- Learn more about Common Loon population changes from the Vermont Breeding Bird Atlas, a project of the Vermont Atlas of Life.
- You can see a map of Common Loon sightings on Vermont eBird and report your sightings to help us monitor and conserve loons.
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Outdoor Radio is a monthly feature produced in collaboration with Vermont Public Radio with support from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation. The program is produced by Vermont Public Radio chief audio engineer Chris Albertine.