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A Record Year for Loons in 2017

September 01, 2017

This year was another very good breeding season for Common Loons in Vermont. We found a record 97 nest attempts with at least 72 of them successful fledging young. Many loon pairs produced two chicks resulting in over 110 successfully fledging. Read the story on the VCE Blog »

Vermont Breeding Loon Population Rises Again in 2016

July 07, 2016

Just when we anticipate that Vermont’s breeding Common Loon population will stabilize, after years of steady growth, loons inevitably find new places to nest. Six new nesting pairs have been documented so far this year, and surprisingly only two are situated in the lake district of northern Vermont. Read more »

Next Annual LoonWatch Day is July 18, 2015

November 05, 2014

Spend the day counting Common Loons at a lake or pond in Vermont. VCE holds its annual LoonWatch day on the third Saturday of July each year. So save the date now! Learn more about LoonWatch. »

Common Loon in flight

2014 Annual LoonWatch Results

The 2014 annual LoonWatch, held July 19, revealed a record 83 pairs, two more than the previous record set last summer. A total of 92 loon chicks are known to have hatched, 70 of which were still around for the count. Discover more LoonWatch Results »

Common Loon and chick / © Orah Moore

2013 Annual LoonWatch Results

October 04, 2013

The 2013 LoonWatch revealed another record year for Common Loons in Vermont. We discovered 81 nest attempts, including four new nesting pairs. From 2010-2012, between 70 and 72 pairs nested each year. Read more on the VCE blog »